Texting isn’t the only problem that cell-phones are posing to educators.
Camera phones are being used to record high school fistfights, and upload them onto YouTube.
This terrifying phenomenon adds a traumatic new level to cyber-bullying. Students aren’t able to escape these humiliating events – the victim’s of these fights have a permanent reminder, and are able to relive the moment over and over again. As well, it creates a larger audience than was possible before. If you weren’t there to see the fight, you can just Google it.
In fact, if you search “fight” on YouTube, you will get pages and pages of camera-phone videos of these fights. Many schools do take action against these videos once they are discovered, and the student’s are reprimanded, though this does require a level of investigation from school administrators, and reliance on students to inform them.
What do you think of students filming fights? Should cell-phones be banned from school property?