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Should Mobile Phones Be Banned in Schools?

todayJune 29, 2021

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There is speculation that mobile phones could be banned from schools as a way to discipline children returning to what they desire to be a calm environment for them.

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has expressed that he wants to encourage school days to become ‘mobile-free’. His concerns for the phones are not just under the worry that pupils may become distracted, but Gavin Williamson has shown concern for it being potentially ‘damaging’ to the child when misused on school property.

He continued to express further on why he feels mobile phones shouldn’t be allowed in schools.

“No parent wants to send their child to a school where poor behaviour is rife. Every school should be a safe place that allows young people to thrive and teachers to excel.

“Mobile phones are not just distracting, but when misused or overused, they can have a damaging effect on a pupil’s mental health and well-being. I want to put an end to this, making the school day mobile-free.

“In order for us to help pupils overcome the challenges from the pandemic and level up opportunity for all young people, we need to ensure they can benefit from calm classrooms which support them to thrive.”

Some people like Todd VanDuzer from Student-Tutor.com, have expressed reasons to why phones should be allowed in school, ranging from the ‘inevitable outcome’ of someone bringing a phone to school but he also expresses encouraging students to use more digital means can be helpful for the environment when it comes to using more paperless options.

Some have expressed an interest in this digital outcome, explaining that apps like grammarly and dropbox have been shown to help with students and teachers in their educational fields.

Todd VanDuzer does also express a very important point in this day and age of COVID-19 cases, safety concerns.

“Bringing cellphones in school increases the sense of safety of both students and parents. This is because there are some instances where they need to contact each other due to emergencies.

Contacting parents mediated by school sometimes takes time so one of the best options is if the student can contact them directly. This is especially useful during medical emergencies. There are also times where the parents need to get a hold of their child for some important reason or just to check up on them on why they are running late.”

A call for evidence has begun, asking for information about schools’ behaviour strategies and practices. This will look into how schools address low level disruptive behaviour.

Would you want your child going to school with a mobile phone?

Written by: Louisa Coller

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