A cell phone – used to be regarded as a luxurious thing and was only owned by high class working people – nowadays it is almost regarded as a primary need by many people, including students. We cannot imagine how hard life would treat students if there was no cell phone in their hands. Even though cell phones have a negative side for students, they bring a lot more advantages for them than disadvantages. For example, they use cell phones to solve their urgent problems before too late; to bridge the distance between themselves and very important people, like parents, classmates, and teachers; and to upgrade their knowledge and insight.
Emergencies can happen to anyone, at any time, and anywhere. Like adults, it is very often students experience problems, whether it be on their way to school or back home or on the school premises. Heavy traffic or carelessness on the road, like in Yogyakarta, might trap students. Sometimes, at school, they can get severely injured or engaged in a gang fight. The very first thing that can be done by them when such problems occur is to make an emergency phone call via 911 to their parents, siblings, a friend or a teacher from their mobile phone, (http://www.ehow.com/advantages-allowing-cell-phones-school.html). Some ten years ago, students could very easily find public telephone posts to make an emergency call. Students at present very much depend on cell phones. They would be in a worse situation if they did not have one with them. They also cannot make a phone call from other cell phones if all the important numbers are not with them. All of their important numbers are saved in their cell phones so, urgent problems can only be solved by students quickly if they have their own cell phone at all times and everywhere, including at school.
Cell phones are one of the modern tools used to bridge the distance between students and their important people. It is very common right now in Indonesia for students to live far away from their parents and siblings in order to pursue a better life in the future. On the other hand, parents do not mind letting their children stay at such distances, because cell phones are a reliable guarantee that keeps them in touch. In addition, students right now feel like they are being pushed to learn and do many things in groups with their classmates, besides doing things alone. Cell phones allow them to easily contact each other to do their assignments. Besides keeping in touch with classmates, students need close contact between themselves and their teachers and vice versa. In their first days, at Sanata Dharma University, for example, students ask for their lecturers’ cell phone numbers and some lecturers do not hesitate to give their cell phone numbers to students.
In connection to study itself, having a cell phone is the right choice. There is lots of information and knowledge that cannot be searched manually in text books only, but can be done through a cell phone. Cell phones with applications like internet, dictionaries, music, games, cameras, and many more can help students easily update their knowledge and insight. They can use the internet to get information in a very short time instead of going through thick books which is takes a long time. They can also go to game and music applications to stimulate their brains. Besides that, they can use their cell phones to build their communication skills by recording theirs or other people`s voices and save happenings or information with the camera fixed in the cell phone, (http://www.millionface.com/ advantages-and-disadvantages-of-cell-phone-in-school).
In short, cell phones can help students in many ways. They can use their cell phones at anytime and anywhere, including in the school and on its premises to solve urgent problems they might have and to shorten the distance between themselves and the very important people supporting their study. They can be used to upgrade their knowledge and insight. So, it is highly recommended that students should be allowed to have cell phone with them at school.