Unformatted text preview: first time they take it for a day. They take it for a night and you Our focus group conversations support these findings and suggest that most schools
treat phones as a disruptive force to be kept turned off and away from the classroom.
Many teens talked about a tiered system based on a "if they can see it, they can take it"
philosophy. An older high school girl describes a common system: "Yeah, it ’s happened
to me three times. The first time they take it for a day. They take it for a night and you
don ’t see it until the end of the next day of school. The second time they take it for a
week, and the third time the rest of the semester." Other teens describe systems in
schools that require parents to come to the school to retrieve the phones of wayward
students. Some schools allow limited use of cell phones, as this older high school girl explains, "At
ours, you can have it in passing periods and lunch. And if they see it, it gets taken and I
think the first time you go back at the end of the day and get it." Some & American Life Project
Pew Internet teens desc...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones