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Updated: 08/10/2017 08:30:00AM

Cellphone addiction

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Image of flyer this past school year on the wall of The Academy in Charlotte County.

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The Academy Principal Jack Ham shows off a copy of Simon Sinek's book, "Together is Better: A Little Inspiration." He showed Sinek's video, “The Millenial Question,” to students at a rally this past school year. Sinek talks how communicating through text on phones and other technologies may become addictive.

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The Academy Principal Jack Ham stands next to policies posted in alternative high school's hallway this past school year. The signs are for policies on phones, make-up work and passes to leave class.

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A 2015 study says 73 percent of teens have smartphones, and some argue even more have them today.

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Emma Greenwald, 17, at Port Charlotte High School last school year, has a cell phone like most of her peers. She said it's important to have it, so her family could contact her in case of emergency.

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FILE - Shot of Apple logo before this summer's announcement of new products at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Teenager using mobile phone stock. File photo dated 22/10/14 of a general view of a teenage girl using an iphone mobile phone. Children as young as seven have been caught sexting by their teachers, with more than half of all school staff in the UK aware of pupils using social media to share sexual messages, pictures and videos. Issue date: Friday March 25, 2016. A study by the NASUWT union also found half its members discovered negative or abusive comments about them on social media - including posting doctored images to make them look like Islamic State ringleader Jihadi John, being falsely called a paedophile, and receiving rape threats. See PA story EDUCATION Social. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire URN:25914727

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As an 18-year-old in high school, Blake Russell would tell you cellphones and internet connections are “a good tool for research.”

But just as quickly, he concedes most of his peers at The Academy, an alternative high school in Port Charlotte, “overindulge in that.

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