The rule in the student handbook for our school says, "No cell phones are allowed in class, and no other electronics are to be brought to school, ie. MP3 players, CD and DVD players , cameras, etc." This is supposed to be the rule. The problem is some parents feel like the rules don't apply to them. They give their little darlings cell phones so, "they can reach them in the case of an emergency". To these parents, it seems an emergency is wanting to know what they want for lunch or dinner. They call their son' and daughters during classes to ask them simple questions, confirm lunch dates, you name it.
Then you have the other teachers in the building. Many of them see nothing wrong with allowing students to use their phones in class, or use the electronics that are not even supposed to be in school. This is totally frustrating! We have rules for a reason, and even if you don't agree with them, we have to live by them to maintain order and discipline--neither of which are present in my school.
So much for my vent. I don't think things will change, but I can always hope.
Take care. Stick.