The leaflet talks about the dangers of cell phone addition, advises how to fight mobile phone spam and when it's OK and not OK to use a cell phone (for example, during tests: not OK!).
It's a small but real example of how a school system accepts and acknowledges reality, and helps educate kids to deal with it.
American public schools are living in the past. Here in the U.S., schools view cell phones only as something to be taken away if they're used in class. There's no effort to actually help the students protect themselves against spam or addition, or educate them as to their appropriate use. The schools treat cell phones as some annoying fad that will go away.
Which is ironic, because the public school system as we know it will probably go away before cell phones do.
American schools: Cell phones, chat, texting, computers, Wi-Fi, MP3 players and camera phones exist! What could be more obvious than that it's important for kids to learn the legal, ethical, appropriate and safe use of these no-longer-new technologies!
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