The NSW government will conduct Australia’s first review of smartphone use in schools that could see the devices banned.
Education Minister Rob Stokes this week asked child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg to conduct the review of phone use by children in kindergarten to Year 12. It follows concerns about safety and cyber-bullying, highlighted by the death of 14-year-old schoolgirl Dolly Everett.
Hey Rob… stop the expensive taxpayer funded review mate .. just ban the phones .. no student needs to play with their phone during school hours at school. The end.
The review will consider restrictions on social media based on age, student online safety and bullying and whether “old-style” mobile phones without cameras or access to internet could offer an alternative.
Parents, teachers and students have weighed into the debate in recent times. Some, such as Dr Pasi Sahlberg, believe phones can cause physical damage to children, “distracting students from reading, school-related work, physical activity, and high-quality sleep”.
No point banning phones when they all have iPads and laptops anyway.