Cell Phones are interesting inventions. In some ways, we are now able to do things and have conversations in ways that we have never had them before. We are able to call home to ask our wives exactly what we were supposed to pick up at the grocery store, call when our cars break down, and annoy people around us because we seem oblivious to the world around us.
They’ve also let us keep in touch with our children better than ever before. Whole families can be reached wherever they may be. This may be a plus or a minus. Teens, however, seem to not be able to live without this technology. One wonders how their parents ever survived.
In light of the current mood of the culture– that since they are going to do it anyway we might as well help them– I would like to give the following advice for what teens can do in different circumstances.
In the case that your school bans cell phones, the New York Daily News has some suggestions on how you can get phones into your school anyway:
- “‘It isn’t hard for girls at all. We just put the phone in our underwear,’ said Veronica Abreu, 16, from Martin Luther King High School in Manhattan. ‘If the metal detector goes off, they only search your lower legs and upper body[.]'”
- “Girls said they also sneak them in for the boys.”
- “You take the cell battery out, put it in your book bag, then you stick your phone where the sun don’t shine[.]”
- “[H]ide … phones in their shoes, belts, bras and even the scaffolding surrounding the building.”
- “[L]et friends in through side doors”
- “Take their phones apart and hide the batteries to throw off metal detectors”
- “‘I put it in my bra area,’ 17-year old Jasmine Marshall admitted, then shrugged. ‘I don’t think there’s any face value to it anyway. What are they banning cell phones for?'”
What a brilliant piece of logic that last suggestion was– since I don’t know why there’s a policy that gives me the right to skirt it since I deserve to know, understand and accept all policies!
Once inside, make sure to show all your friends that you too can be rebellious. Take chances in classes by leaving your loudest ringtone on. Feel free to pass test answers via text messaging. Make sure that you take pictures of people and things around you– especially of people in the bathroom.
And above all, don’t even think that maybe you could live without, that there actually is a good reason to not have them in the classroom, or that adults are asked to respect meetings and classes they attend– it’s just something that they’re doing to insult you and control you.