Students have a 99.8% Advantage over Teachers By Ryan Pollock

Students have a better chance of using their phone in class than a teacher does of catching them using. Is that statement true? Helias has amended a rule to the student handbook’s section on in school usage of cell phones, and unlike the lanyard beta test, this one is showing positive feedback from the student body.

However there is always a disadvantage to one side. The lanyards were in favor of the staff, but the usage of phones in the hallway is swaying towards the student body’s side. The new rule has relaxed the method of distributing fines, and has given the students caught with their phones an excuse as to why they have them out. Has the new rule in fact relaxed fines? The answer is all in the stats.

After surveying 80 students, 20 per grade, 10 of each gender, the results are in and noted here.

Out of the 20 freshmen, 7 say they never use their phone in a school day, and the other 13 said they use their phone a combined 23 times in the hallway during a day’s span. The 13 also admitted to using their phone in class, when not allowed to, a combined 10 times in a day. These are the small stats.

Larger data showing more cell phone usage is with the sophomores. 18 of the 20 sophomores said they use their phone a total of 71 times in between classes for one day, with 39 illegal uses in the classroom. This however, is still not as large as the juniors’ usage.

The juniors come in at the highest of all the classes. Only 1 of the 20 said they don’t use their phone in school while the other 19 use them 79 times in the hallway and sneak in a total of 68 uses in class for a day’s time.

Lastly, all twenty seniors said they use their phone a combined 43 times in the hall and 52 times in the classroom.

“I think that people are more willing to wait to use their phones until class is over,” senior Savanna Hoelscher said, adding, “but when teachers say we can use them for assignments in class, people are using their phones more for social media and texting than they are for actual school work.”

A major problem the students do see is that the four minute breaks don’t allow them enough time to use their phones, with many students saying it’s “too busy” in between classes and that they have more important thoughts going through their minds.

Technology has reached the point where it’s essential to students’ everyday life. Helias is moving into a technology era and meeting the students’ technological needs.

“I think the new rule shows how Helias is adapting to teenagers,” said sophomore Abbey Ordway. “You have to stay up to date and this is a good way to do so.”

As of Sept. 5, 2014, there have been six phone fines in school. A person might think that is a lot, but, out of the 80 surveyed students, a combined group will use their phones 169 times in a day, illegally in class. Better yet, out of all the days Helias has been in session, students have used their phones 2535 times, leaving the Helias teachers only catching 0.2 percent of the illegal phone activity. The data for this article only surveyed 80 students. Data covering the entire school may show higher illegal phone activity by students.

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