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Two different views of cellphones in school

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With the rise of smartphones, questions about how tech is used and where are flaring up across the country. In Ontario, Premier Ford sparked debate by banning cellphones in classrooms. As experts trade barbs, the voices of young people are missing — those that researchers say are most at risk. We decided to go to the source and have two young Canadians tell us how they feel about phones in class. When the dust settled, Katie Grettum from Camrose, Alta. was a strong no, while Jahmaal Branker from Kingston, Ont. was all for it. We'll let you decide.

Katie Grettum, 19 years old

I still remember my first phone. I was in Grade 7 when I got it — it was one of those phones that you had to flip and slide upwards.

We've come a long way since then. I used that flip phone solely for contacting my parents when I was away from home. Now, phones are used for almost anything, and just about anywhere.

Which is great … except when that anywhere is a school classroom.

Self-control has shown to be the strongest predictor of future success — even more critical than socio-economic status or IQ. But when it comes to phone use, self-control is extremely difficult. Most teens check their phones 86 times a day! I'm not super big on social media, but I still find........

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