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School districts embrace use of technology

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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

While some educators are embracing the tech takeover in the classroom, others said it is asking for problems.

A recent study by the tech company Ericsson, predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of people all over the age of 6 years old will have a cell phone.

“A lot of kids are getting cell phones at the age of 6,” said David Ryan Polgar, a digital lifestyle expert.

Which is why some school districts, like Meriden, have rolled out a “bring your own device” policy, encouraging students to use their digital devices in the classroom, including a cell phone.

“Cell phones and technology...it's here to stay so school systems need to embrace it,” said Meriden Superintendent of Schools Mark Benigni. “It opens the doors to so much more learning.”

However, some people don’t agree.

“I don't really see a need for the cell phone. Except, when there is a problem in school, kids can text their parents,” said Bryan Savoy of Manchester.

Safety is one of the top arguments in favor of keeping cell phones in schools.

“If there was an incident occurring at school, we use cell phones and all those devices to get our messages out to parents...why wouldn't we think they'd enjoy the same benefits of reaching out to their children,” Benigni said.

On the flip side, it can be a big distraction.

While many school districts use filters to block inappropriate content, students can still find new ways to stray from their school work.

“We issue consequences when necessary. But most importantly, we want students to self-regulate their behavior,” Benigni said.

Educators said parents should have a talk about the responsibilities that come with owning a cell phone.

Experts said a child’s age should not determine whether a child is ready.

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