The debate on whether or not kids should have cell pones at school is one that won’t end anytime soon. There are mixed reactions amongst both teachers and parents about it. Some parents feel like their kids shouldn’t have cell phones to begin with, while others see it as a necessary way to keep in touch with their kids. Teachers also have mixed reaction with some for it and others against it.
Cell Phone Bans
A number of states across the U.S yielded to the fact that cell phones have now become part of most people’s daily lives. However, while most schools will allow students to bring their cell phones to school they won’t allow students to use them in class. However, there are some schools that have placed a complete ban on cell phones and won’t allow them in school.
Teenagers will of cause be teens and most still take their cell phones with them to school. Some schools turn a blind eye to it, as long as they aren’t seen or heard then they aren’t a problem. With increased security screenings and metal detectors in schools, turning a blind eye doesn’t fly by in most schools.
This has resulted in the growth of a storage industry that specifically caters to cell phones.
Cell Phone Storage
Most business surrounding New York schools began offering cell phone storage services to students at a fee. At a daily dollar fee, students can deposit their cell phones for storage and collect them after school.
Most cell storage services are housed in businesses found around schools. This includes cafes, delis, shops and hair salons. Students are given numbered tickets when they leave their phones in such businesses, which corresponds to a numbered tickets placed with their phones in storage. Any student who loses their ticket and wants to collect their phone is required to accurately describe it. The student also has to allow the business owner to take a photo of their school ID, in case any issues arise. Some businesses offer loyalty programs to their most loyal customers. For instance they offer free storage on certain days.
Organized cell storage businesses have also come up such as the ‘Safe ‘n’ Secure Cellutions.’ 42-year-old Jhonn de La Puente founded Safe ‘n’ Secure Cellutions
Comprising of a distinctly white van can be found parked near public school complexes. Students simply drop off their phones through a ‘mail-slot’ like window at the side of the van. In exchange, the student is given a colored ticket, which they will then use to collect their cell phone.
The van is fitted with security cameras, a lock box for cash and storage racks. Puente specifically customized the Ford E250 for the job and is assisted in running the business by 27-year old Jonathan Arnau.
New customers are required to sign waivers committing to abide by the company’s regulations. The sign up ensures that the business has the student’s name, school and school year, email, and emergency contact and phone number on file. This is important information in case they need to get in touch with the student.
There is always the fear of losing a customer’s phone, which would mean that the business has to replace it.
Cell phone insurance could mean a world of difference if you suffer the misfortune of losing your phone. However, where insurance is involved there is bound to be a few baseless and downright hilarious claims. We have scoured the Internet to bring you snippets of come of the most hilarious cell phone insurance claims.
Dead and Buried
A London-based undertaker put in a claim when his phone went missing. He withdrew it the next day after discovering it tucked inside a coffin, beside a body that was about to be buried.
Sealed and Delivered
A builder went ahead and filed a claim after his phone went missing. A client from a building that his firm had worked on called to say that they had heard ringing from inside their wall. The builder was able to retrieve his phone and patch the wall back up.
Rolling in the Hay
A farmer filed a claim when his cell phone went missing. He later on discovered it embedded in a bale of hay, albeit damaged it still functioned.
A young woman from Birmingham had reported her phone missing. She later on discovered that it was in her refrigerator in the middle shelf, next to her stash of milk.
Under the Hood
A young man discovered that he had been driving around with his lost phone for days under his car’s bonnet. He realized that he had left it there when he last topped up the screen wash.
Inside the Bowl
A man found his phone inside the toilet cistern. The damaged phone was discovered when he lifted his cistern lid to drop in a cleaning block. He couldn’t explain how his phone got there.
A woman reported her phone lost. A week later she went to fuel her car at the local petrol station. She found her missing phone atop a gas pump, where she had absentmindedly placed it during her last visit.
A woman reported her phone missing only to withdraw the claim. She received a call from her local Library saying that they had found her cell phone in the non-fiction section sandwiched between 2 books.
A man reported his phone missing only to find it in his front garden’s flowerbed. The cell phone was beneath the soil, but it was still working.
A woman claimed that her Blackberry Bold 9900’s vibration stopped functioning, after she had used her phone as a sex toy.
A woman delivered her Nokia 6303i baked inside her daughter’s birthday cake. The phone unfortunately did not survive the heat of the oven.
A man claimed that while at an animal park a monkey snatched his HTC phone.
Gone Down The Drain
A builder claimed that his iPhone fell down the toilet from his back pocket. He said that he didn’t notice it until he flushed the toilet.
A woman’s phone unfortunately got damaged when she threw it hoping to hit her cheating boyfriend. It hit the wall instead of the cheater.
A couple on a cruise ship decided to re-enact the famous Titanic scene. Only thing they ended up with was a claim for their phone that fell overboard as they were trying to take a photo of themselves.
Straight Talk, being the safest mobile network carrier, did a research on the effects of electromagnetic fields, in many cases tricky for those not of the craft, because of the need to consider different physical quantities, some related to measurable quantities outside the body, other only defined inside the human body and therefore obtainable only by means of laboratory measurements or simulations at the computer.
Straight Talk found that the new standards (3G, 4G, etc) for mobile phones and WiFi home networks of many carriers regularly raise questions about the safety of the population in relation to exposure to electromagnetic fields. The main aspects that have in common the two technologies are the frequency range used, between 1 and 4 GHz or in the microwave, and digital encoding of information. In fact, Straight Talk finds out, the various updates of mobile phone technology refer to new ways to “pack” the data to increase the flow of information, the effect of these updates on the health impact is often limited: a different use of the frequency band It not in fact normally involves an increase of the power radiated by the antenna.
Straight Talk finds that the electromagnetic fields of many other carriers have health effects that depend on the intensity and, to a lesser extent, by the frequency. The high frequency of the fields known effects, are of the thermal type, with clearly visible damage, for high field intensity, in microwave ovens. The intensity of the field is, in fact, the most important parameter for assessing the hazard, while that which can vary, as the frequency increases, is the ability of microwaves to penetrate deeply into the tissues. At very high frequencies above 300 GHz, we no longer speak of microwave but we are in the field of infrared radiation which, just think of cooking on the grill, it can also cause serious damage.
The regulations provide comprehensive protection from the established effects of heat absorption; the debate, open every day due to the popularity of the internet that have conspiracy theories, is on the effects of chronic exposure to field levels much lower than those allowed by the rules. Consider some numerical example. Based on the established effects, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) imposes a limit to the energy absorbed per unit time by the entire body (specific absorption rate, or SAR), for an individual in the general population, of 0.08 W / kg. To concentrate so much power in a 70 kg body, so need a minimum power of 5.6 W. Assume, conservatively, and to simplify the calculations, a power of 10 W; It must consider that the irradiation takes place in the space, distributing, in a first approximation, on the surface of a sphere: at the distance of 1 m from the antenna, the power absorbed per unit area by the human body would be equal to 0.8 W / m2.
Researchers points that the best way to stay safe is to go for a carrier that is safe.