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According to our student planners mobile phones are not allowed in school for lower and middle school students. However we ask why is this rule in place? As far as we can see there are three possible reasons for not allowing mobile phones:
* Insurance - if mobile phones and other expensive items are lost the school cannot take responsibility and would have to face complaints from parents and pupils. They would also not like to get involved in any disputes which could arise after the loss or theft of phones. However our response to this is that if 6th Form students can bring in phones, why not the rest of us?
* Health - there had been concerns that the exposure to microwaves emitted from phones may cause brain damage. However our response to this is that the latest research concludes that the risk is virtually zero for pupils of our age and is only really a risk at all for young children and babies.
* Disruption - some say that by allowing us to have phones in lessons would cause disruptions from ringtones etc. We have two suggestions here; firstly don't allow pupils to answer or use their phones during lessons and secondly make silent or vibrate modes compulsory to minimise disruption.

There is also the significant issue that mobile phones are a benefit to our personal safety whilst we are travelling to and from school. They are also our only real way of communicating out of school from school as the public telephone booth has been empty for some time. Phones would give us a way of communicating with our parents for instance to arrange an alternative way of travelling home from school.

So bearing all this in mind should we be banned from bringing phones to school? Our research shows that approximately half of middle school pupils and a quarter of lower school pupils often have phones on them anyway, so is there a point in the rule if it's clearly not being obeyed? Overmark fully supports an
overturning of this rule and we suggest you campaign in form council meetings (do they even go on anymore?) and similar events.