Mobile devices banned in NSW primary schools

Published: 13 Dec 2018

NSW public primary schools will ban the use of mobile devices during schools hours with high schools given the choice to opt in to the ban.

The new measures are in response to the independent review into the non-educational use of mobile devices in NSW schools report.

The review found there are rising cases of online bullying, inappropriate sharing of explicit images between students, predatory behaviour from strangers and unnecessary distraction for students.

Public high schools will consider a range of options to manage students mobile devices. This could include promoting how to use the devices safely or restricting the use of them. The decision will be made by individual schools in consultation with their communities.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said distraction and bullying have always been issues for schools to deal with but mobile phones present a new challenge for schools, teachers, parents and students.

“We want to ensure mobile phones and other smart devices complement students’ learning and are handled at school in an age-appropriate way,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government will work with schools to implement the changes recommended in the report, helping them manage the risks and rewards of using mobile phones inside the school gates.

“These changes are about keeping our schools safe and protecting the welfare of our students when they’re in our care,” Mr Stokes said.

The NSW Government will consider the other recommendations in the report.

Find out more about the review

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