UTSAH TOLI - DEBATE

Subject: Should children be permitted to carry mobile phones to school?

Participants:

FOR the Motion: Manibala Pandey, SumitPalariya
AGAINST the Motion: LataBrijwasi, Nakul Pandey

Important Points:

FOR the Motion:

  • If we forget a book at home, we can call our parents, who can bring it to us.
  • If we have to stay back in school for some extra activity, we can inform our parents.
  • It helps in emergencies as well. Example: a child got injured in a school in Haldwani and was bleeding. The teachers did not call for helpimmediately. If the friends had a mobile, someone would have called the parents and the child could have been saved.
  • Misuse of the mobile depends on the person using it. In the USA, children are allowed to carry a mobile phone. They can wear any clothes, there is no uniform code.
  • Mobile phones are helpful for study work. If concepts of some topic are unclear, we can use the Internet for clarification.
AGAINST the Motion:
  • Mobile phones lead to indiscipline.
  • It causes distraction. Children remain engrossed on Facebook, etc. even pornography.
  • It makes children stay away from books, which is very unhealthy.
  • In changing times, we do not have to run after the fashionable and do what is done in the USA.
  • In major cities of India, we see more problems in schools where mobile phones are allowed. In fact, there are many cases where children reach a stage where they fail in the class.
  • It leads to aspirations for a ‘better’ mobile and stress for parents if it is not affordable for them.
  • The costs for a mobile phone phone can be more fruitfully used for tuitions.
Q & A:
  • If we should not run after the fashionable, then why buy fancy cars, why not go back to the bullock cart?
  • We are ‘copying’ trends of all kinds anyway.
  • Why are we not using Indian stuff and instead going after Chinese goods?
  • Mobile phones are used for listening to songs and chatting during study time in school.
  • Mobile phones have calculators and children use them for ease. The essence of Mathematics will be completely lost.
  • Children are playing mobile phones games and losing interest in outdoor games.

At the end, there was a vote. The majority of the 30+ children present voted for allowing children to carry mobile phones to school.

 

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