NSW Orders Review On Using Smartphones in Schools

By July 24, 2018
NSW Orders Review On Using Smartphones in Schools The Telegraph

Smartphones could be banned from schools as NSW orders a review of the benefits and dangers of children using smartphones inside a school. One of the major concerns being cyberbullying and safety.

NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes said they never had any review of this size done by an Australian government. "While smartphones connect us to the world in ways never imagined just a decade ago, they raise issues that previous generations have not had to deal with”.

This review is lead by child psycologist Michael Carr-Gregg, who will look at the "risk versus reward" of using the mobile phone inside the school campus. It will consider limits on social media based on age, student online safety, level of cyber bullying across the school and restriction on the use of mobile phone inside a school . Educational Authorities are also aware of the need of mobile phones for children to contact their parents from home to school, which will also be taken into consideration.

Perth, Baldivis Secondary School, opens next year (2019) and has already banned the use of mobile phones in school. This ban comes with the support of Parents and community members and includes banning the usage of mobile phones and all types of electronic gadgets during school hours. The reasoning includes "mobile phone usage may distract the student, interrupt lessons and contribute for bullying in schools".

Another School in Gold Coast, Australia has already banned mobile inside the campus to encourage children to talk to each other and avoid bullying by mobile phones.

Pimpama State Secondary College, Queensland said: "We have removed using phones and use of devices during class and lunch hours, for students that break these rules they face detention".

School phone bans are the overseas hot topic nowadays.

In France, a law has been passed that bans students upto the age of 15 from using their phones inside school grounds (from september 2018). This has been implemented to "detox" the generation youngsters who are addicted to gadgets.

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified mobile phone radiation could possibly caused carcinogenic which means that there “could be some risk” of carcinogenicity, so additional research into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones needs to be conducted.

Reference: 
Caldwell, Anna, "NSW Orders First Review Into Dangers And Benefits Of Smartphones In School", The Daily Telegraph, 21st June 2018