Can a Tough Cell Phone Policy Teach Teenagers Cell Phone Etiquette?

Cell phone is no doubt an important tool for communications. However, it is inappropriate and sometimes rude if one uses cell phones during class, meetings, seminars, business lunch, a date, job interviews, or other functions that needs the person’s attention. Since schools are the places where future leaders are educated, should schools teach students good cell phone etiquette by enforcing a tough cell phone policy? When I say “tough,” I mean locking up the cell phones for up to ONE YEAR for those repeat offenders. If a student refuses to turn in his/her cell phone, s/he could be suspended from schools.

Does it sound crazy? This Fox News video reports that a high school in Bay Area (California) is taking the “tough” approach I mentioned above. Those who support this policy believe that schools need to teach students the consequences of their behaviors. If a school has a policy but fails to enforce the rules, students will not learn anything.

If you are a manager, what is the cell phone policy in your work place? How do your company and you enforce the policy? If you are against such a cell phone policy, what other methods can be used to teach students cell phone etiquette?

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