Users of Unapproved Cell Phones May Not be Able to Enroll
Their Children in Educational Institutions
By Betzalel Kahn
Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita announced
that parents who use unapproved cell phones, which have been
known to cause numerous stumbling-blocks, may not be able to
enroll their children at talmudei Torah, girls'
schools, girls' seminars and other educational institutions
around the country.
"Parents who use cell phones that are not approved, thereby
removing themselves from the chareidi public which has joined
together to root out the [problem], may not be able to enroll
their children at educational institutions," read the notice
issued by Maran.
The call drew positive responses from the chareidi public and
raised awareness among those who have yet to trade in their
cell phones and purchase models approved by Vaadas HaRabbonim
Teachers and other educators have been warning for several
years about the numerous stumbling-blocks created by new
technological dangers. In many cases, years of chinuch
were lost. Recently principals recalled that when the
chareidi public united to fight against the introduction of
television into homes decades ago students with televisions
in their homes were not admitted into educational
institutions after the devastating effect of television
viewing was proven beyond a doubt.
The current move is intended to set clear limits in order to
prevent breaches and safeguard our children. During
enrollment, educational institutions are now asking parents
to sign a statement that they do not use unapproved cell