I teach 7th grade Language Arts and I wanted to get some of your thoughts on having cell phones in the classroom. Right now our school says they can have their phones but they must be turned off. The problem is some teachers let the kids listen to music and play games when they are done with their work. Also, the kids can have them before school starts and during lunch. We also have parents who feel it is ok to call or text their kids while they are in class. I think we are giving the kids mixed messages. What does your school say about phones and what do you allow in your room? I know they can be used in an educational setting but not sure how? One more thing, The high School banned phones during school hours.