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Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction

Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction
The Pew Research Center released new data this week on Americans' text-messaging habits. According to Pew, 83 percent of American adults now own cell phones and almost three-quarters (73 percent) send and receive text messages. The research only looks at adults' usage of text-messaging, but it does find that younger adults are much more active texters than older age groups. Cellphone owners between the ages of 18 and 24 exchange an average of 109.5 messages a day -- that's more than 3200 messages per month. That's compared to about 41.5 messages a day for all cellphone owners, a figure that's largely unchanged from figures reported in 2010. The Pew study doesn't look at the texting habits of those under age 18, but a study released last year by Nielsen found that those cellphone users in the 13 to 17 age range were the most avid texters among any age group. Certainly that age group -- in fact, all those under 18 -- are increasingly likely to be cellphone owners.

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Cell phones in the classroom: It’s the law Cell phones in the classroom? It's now a state law. The new law makes it required curriculum for public schools starting in elementary, but some parents aren't so sure it has a place in the classroom. "It's sort of a double edged sword. On the one hand, it has provided a ton of information to our kids, but on the other hand it exposes them to individuals who are not well intended," said Domoine Rutledge, General Counsel for East Baton Rouge Schools. That's why the state legislature passed the law that requires public schools to make sure kids know what they're doing when they switch on those computers and cell phones.

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