It appears you’re interested in how to sneak your phone into school without getting caught. Well, this article exposes the tricks teachers keep from you. Besides, teachers handle their phones in school, so why not the students?
If you asked, “Why are students not allowed to use phones in schools?” The obvious response would be, “To avoid distracting the student and other colleagues.” This claim is not entirely valid. A student, with or without a phone, can decide not to focus during school hours. The truth is that using a phone in school reduces the knowledge gap between teachers and students. A student would want to confirm online what teachers say/write.
COVID-19 lockdown forced schools to permit learning with electronics within and outside classrooms. Some schools already embraced electronics such as phones, tablets, etc. Sadly, it seems your school lives in the past.
The Rise of Technology Use in Schools
As mentioned earlier, the pandemic has exposed schools to the use of technology. Most schools that adopt e-learning find it easier for students who would make excuses when it’s time to submit their homework. Today, many educators are welcoming new learning models. Class teachers are not left out. Many teachers prefer out-of-class work that helps students to learn new skills.
Recently, the University of Phoenix College Education released a survey involving 1,000 K-12 teachers. 63 percent of K-12 teachers use technology in classrooms every day, and Laptops are the most used resources. Moreover, educational apps, social media, and 3D printers are also on the rise in classrooms to aid learning today.
About 63% of teachers say that technology creates interactive learning experiences in classrooms, while 25% are worried about students using technology. However, 71% of teachers feel that personal devices like phones make it difficult for students to pay attention.
Since teachers would be present to manage the use of technology in classes, it is, therefore, a useful resource in school. So, how do you get your phone inside the school without getting caught?
How to Sneak Your Phone into School
In this section, you will learn the tips to get your phone inside the school. We’ve also discussed the wrong places to hide your phone as you read further.
Below are the ways regarding how to sneak your phone into school:
Stuff the Phone in a Book Inside Your Backpack
The smartest way to enter the school with your phone is to stuff it in a book inside your backpack or large purse. If you ordinarily drop the phone in your bag, there is only a 90% chance that you’ll enter the school with it. If the remaining 10% fails, you’ll get caught.
However, with the phone inside a book in your backpack, the chance of getting caught is 1% only. Even your parents can’t tell you to have a phone in your bag. You need a dictionary-size book you no longer use. Carve the center big enough to contain your mobile phone. You also need chewing gum to hold the book from opening easily. Make sure your phone is in silent mode, and avoid dropping your bag roughly.
The Drop with a Friend
If your school uses a metal detector, it’s tougher to get inside with your phone if the school prohibits it. However, you can perform a quick slip with a friend. How? Arrive at school with your friend. When your friend passes the detector, run up to them, hug and drop the phone in their pocket or backpack. When the officials call you back to pass through the metal detector, pretend you forgot it. Make sure your friend walks faster away from the scene to avoid being recalled.
Store a Metal in Your Backpack
You can also use another metal to disguise your phone in your backpack if your school uses a metal detector. The chance of this method working is 50%, though.
How does this method work? The metal detector will tell that you have a phone on you. Since you want the phone in your backpack, place a metal alongside your phone. You can use a spoon or any metal item. The idea is that when the device detects the metal, you’ll tell the officer that it’s your metal spoon.
Unfortunately, the detector checker or supervisor might ask you to go through the detector again. What do you do if the officer asks you to go through the detector again? Admit that you have a phone on you. Since you’re not inside the school, your phone won’t be seized.
Go to School Very Early
If you arrive at the school earlier than teaching and non-teaching staff, you can smuggle your phone inside easily. Most students use this method to sneak their phones inside the school because the staff is not very strict during these hours, or most of them are not in school yet. When you arrive at the school quite early, do not use the phone until break time.
How to Use Your Phone in Class After Sneaking it into School
After sneaking your phone inside the school successfully, using it is another problem, and you might get caught if you’re not watchful. You may have read many tips online regarding how you can use your phone in school and not get caught. Some of those tips will get you caught.
Below are the ways to use your phone in the school without getting caught:
Put it in Silent Mode
Before you leave the house, put your phone in silent and disable vibration. It might feel phone vibration is noiseless, but you’d be amazed at how loud your phone can vibrate in a quiet room.
Turn Down the Brightness
You don’t need the brightness. Put it down and ensure to use the screen protector. A black screen protector is preferable to reduce the screen brightness further.
Bring Two Phones
Yes, you need two phones! However, one of the phones must be a fake phone. You can create a fake phone using cardboard, as seen below.
You may refer to YouTube tutorials to learn how to make a phone with cardboard. The idea of bringing two phones to school is that when the teacher sees you with a phone, you’ll immediately switch with the fake phone. Make sure to craft the fake phone to look like the original. You’ll be using the fake phone the most, and your main phone only when the environment is clear.
If the purpose of using your phone in school is gaming, you can have your friends be on the lookout for incoming teacher(s).
Keep it on the Desk
The truth is your teacher knows that a student or more students have their phones in the classroom. Most teachers just choose to overlook it, especially if the students are not making it obvious that they have their phones in class.
That said, you want to keep your phone on the desk while using it. You can place it in your pencil pack, but do not surround it with many books.
Fit Your Phone in a Book
You can use your phone while it remains stuffed in a book, as you can see below.
When using your phone, sit in a position that makes it easier to notice a teacher. Do not sit near the window because a teacher might sight and walk towards you unknowingly. When a teacher approaches you, use another leaf of the book to cover the phone.
Use the Bathroom
During the break, you can use the bathroom. If you planned a gaming campaign with friends or yourself, the bathroom is the best place. Make sure you do not overstay in it.
Stash the Phone in a Pencil Pack
If you have a pencil pack, you can stash your phone in it while in school. Of course, you’d be putting it on the desk. Make sure the pencil pack camouflages with the color of your phone to reduce visibility. For example, if your phone is white, you need a white pencil pack for a matching color that reduces the phone’s visibility.
Give it to a Friendly Staff
You can recruit a student-friendly Staff to keep your phone. Most of the time, a non-teaching staff is the best option. However, you must appreciate the staff with money (if necessary). Giving your phone to staff is the best option since you do not have to worry about a sudden phone search in class.
Pin Your Phone Using Chewing Gum
Depending on where you sit and the desk’s structure, you can build a hiding place under the desk. Your building material is a pack or packs of chewing gum that can hold your phone to the desk. Ensure to put your phone in a rubber case or pack to glue the phone firmly.
How Not to Hide Your Phone in School
You’ve learned the innovative ways to hide your cell phone in school in the section above. However, some methods are not recommendable.
Below are the ways regarding how not to hide your phone in school:
- Don’t stash your phone in your pocket.
- Don’t stash your phone directly in your backpack (stash it in a book or pencil case).
- Don’t tie the phone on your arm without wearing a trench coat.
- Don’t stash your phone in your stocking or socks if you’re not wearing a pair of trousers or pants.
- Do not hide your phone under your skirt without switching it off. According to the FDA, your phone emits low levels of non-ionizing radiation. Prolonged skin exposure to radiation may not be okay.
- Don’t stuff your phone in your tie.
- Don’t hide your phone at the teacher’s desk.
- Don’t stash your phone in the bin.
What to Do if You’re Caught Using a Phone in School
You’re too smart to get caught, but what if you get caught? Do the following if you get caught using a phone in school:
When a teacher sights you with a phone in school, do not deny it if it’s too late. Nonetheless, if you have the time to switch the original phone with your second fake phone, do it; however, if the teacher fixes their eyes on you, turn in your actual phone.
Put on a Sorry Look
While giving the phone to the teacher, put on a regretful look. Most teachers will avoid making eye contact to keep them from pardoning you. Do not hesitate to hand over the phone. Besides, the teacher won’t smash your phone on the wall or keep it forever.
Admit the Mistake
The teacher might ask why you have a phone in school. Explain that you’re sorry and did not mean to disrespect the school. If the teacher asks how you managed to sneak your phone inside the school, say that you had it in your pocket. Do not disclose any of the tricks mentioned in this article to the teacher. Anyways, your teacher might as well be reading this article.
Make an Excuse
After admitting your error, you can spice it with an excuse. It must not be a flimsy excuse, except you want to annoy the teacher. Example of believable excuses you can use:
I had to meet a friend after school, so we go home together. However, I needed my phone to call, inform them that I’m out of school, locate and go home with them.
You can also say that you needed to collect a large media file from someone after school. It can be a movie, song collection, etc.
There are just many reasonable excuses out there but avoid a flimsy one. If you need more, use the comment section, and you’ll be answered within an hour. We’d give you many reasonable excuses.
Talk to the Teacher
After a while, meet the teacher. They won’t scream at you, especially if you’re a respectful student. Promise it won’t happen again. In most cases, the teacher still has the phone on them. Some teachers will hand the phone to the school management for confiscation, but it’s not common, except you’ve been annoying the teacher. Your teachers are humans too. They are bigger and smarter, and they understand you’re just “being a student”.
How Long Can a School Confiscate Your Phone?
How long a school can confiscate your phone depends on the school regulation, teacher, and school management. Mostly, a school keeps a confiscated phone until the end of the day, or they will request you bring a parent or guardian to retrieve it. Your school may threaten to keep the phone till the end of the session, but it’s just a threat, especially because you were not caught cheating in an exam or test with it. Meanwhile, you may be interested in how you can cheat on a test with your phone!
Your record as a student also determines how long the school keeps your phone. If you’re a good student, you’ll most likely get the phone the same day with a warning. Also, if it’s your first time getting caught with a phone in school, you’ll be pardoned easily. If you’ve been caught severally, the school can confiscate the phone for a week or till the end of term or session.
Although the best thing is to follow the school rules, it can be tempting to take your phone to school. Sometimes, you want to show off your new iPhone, Samsung, or whatever brand. It could be for gaming, selfies, etc. But whatever is your reason, the school does not consider it meaningful, except that it distracts you and your colleagues.
When you sneak your phone inside successfully, be smart. Always be watchful, and have your friends look out for you.
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