Kids At School On Cell Phones

A new government policy in England could ban the use of mobile phones in schools.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says that technology is incredibly important, but it also has an obvious negative impact on students’ behavior.

He said that the past year will have “inevitably affected pupils’ discipline” and that the government’s £10 million behavior hub’ program aims to improve the classroom environment.

He also argues that mobile phones cause cyber-bullying and take away from “exercise and good old-fashioned play.”

However, he does still support the use of tablets and laptops for learning purposes.

Mr. Williamson wrote: “While technology has been invaluable in keeping children learning during lockdowns and we support its use, it’s now time to put the screens away, especially mobile phones. Maintaining good discipline is an absolute must in any classroom and is one of our key priorities.”

“Out-of-control behavior will also destroy the wholesome and happy environment that every school should have, leading to bullying, and turning playgrounds from a place of joy to a jungle. That’s why I am totally behind schools and colleges taking firm action to create a disciplined and calm environment, and putting in place a strong behavior culture where students are taught how to behave well and are clear about what is expected of them,” he added.

According to reports, the UK government has named 22 schools “lead schools: that will set an example and lead other schools that are struggling with student behavior.

Last year, South Australia announced a ban on mobile phones in all state primary schools.

Education Minister John Gardner said, “We understand families may want their child to have a phone while traveling to and from school so they can contact them outside school hours. However, we believe that during school hours it is sensible for primary students to store their personal devices safely (away) so they can focus on learning.”

He said that students would be allowed to use phones before and after school.

“At secondary level, we understand there needs to be more flexibility for sites to develop their own policies that reflect the needs of the school community. We note that a rule that is appropriate for a 12-year-old student is not always relevant for an 18-year-old,” he added.

9 thoughts on “Will Phones Be Banned In Schools?”
  1. When will the US NEA overcome the spineless mentality that has been their mantra for the last 60 years?

  2. Actually, I don’t see a need for cell phones in schools. If student communication is needed, either incoming or outgoing, it can be done from the office. Education suffers enough in American schools today without the distraction of students having phones in school/class.

  3. To assure the learning process, keep distractions away from the student, ie phones. This is for all levels of learning.For emergency, have a family member, parent,etc call the administrator.

  4. Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to produce a very good article… but what
    can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to
    get nearly anything done.

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