Schools should weigh the pros and cons of allowing cellphones in the classroom, Kevin M. Thomas, assistant professor of education at Bellarmine University, said at a recent conference. While 62% of K-12 schools ban cellphones in the classroom but allow them on campus -- and 24% have banned them altogether -- Thomas said the benefits outweigh the risks. He said concerns related to cheating and cyberbullying have more to do with students' ethics than the availability of cellphones.

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