They love them for talking and texting – but cellphones are already such a distraction that they should not be used as educational tools, says a new survey of Ontario high school students.
The surprising result is part of the first-ever survey of teens by the Ontario Student Trustees’ Association, to be officially released today.
“Students use (cellphones) to text or communicate with friends. It’s a great communication tool, not necessarily an educational tool,” said Zane Schwartz, a student trustee with the Toronto District School Board who is in Grade 12 at Leaside High School.
Time Do you feel you would benefit academically from a daily start time of 10 a.m. or later?
- Yes – 50.23 per cent
- No – 49.77 per cent
- Tool Do you think cellphones have a place in the classroom as an educational tool?
- Yes – 27.97 per cent
- No – 72.03 per cent
- Bullying Have you ever been bullied in school?
- Yes – 45.63 per cent
- No – 54.37 per cent
- Sex ed Should information about all sexualities be taught during sex ed?
- Yes – 81.59 per cent
- No – 18.41 per cent