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Should Students Be Allowed To Use Their Phones During Lunch?

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Lunch: a Belen student’s free time during their seven hours at school. In this period, students can talk with their friends, play outside, study, do homework, and more. But during this time, students cannot use their phones. Some say they shouldn’t be able to use them and others say they should.

Mr. Jordan, a teacher at Belen and also the Inter Club Council Coordinator thinks students do not need to use their phones. “From a social point of view, it is important for you guys [students] to disconnect and not be on your phone so that you can experience and have a good time with the people that are around you,” said Mr. Jordan. “From a discipline standpoint, the reason you say you want to use your phones is not going to be the reason why you have your phones. It’s the same reason that the messaging is turned off on the iPads, and the same reason why Air-Drop is turned off on the iPads. It’s because it opens a way, a door, for you to try to circumvent the normal study habits that your’re supposed to be using to study,” he added.

From a student perspective, eighth grader Gabriel Buigas feels that phones should be allowed during the lunch period. “Yes, we should be able to use our phones at lunch because lunch is a period where you can relax and just hang. We don’t have Spotify or applications like it on our iPad to help us relax,” said Buigas. As you can
see, there are different opinions and rules of thought as to why students should or should not be able to use their phones. One thing is inarguable, however. It would be a very different lunch period for students if they could use their phones.

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