Mobile phones? In my school??

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  • #1556

    comms queen

    Hey all!

    In case you haven’t heard there’s been a biiiiiig announcement today – the Govt has announced that starting in 2020 they’re planning to ban mobile phones in schools!

    For more info (and to hear what one of our exec had to say) check out this article in the Age!

    This is a super important time in a policy like this – we are keen to make sure students have their say in what this will look like and how it will affect them! Let us know down below!

  • #1557


    Seems like schools just don’t want to deal with bullying during school hours… so much for ‘supporting the students’ :/

  • #1571


    Taking away mobile phones only prohibits students gaining the self control skills, and also how and WHEN it is appropriate to use phones!!! Instead of a ban look at educating!

  • #1573


    Schools are meant to teach the ‘real life’ skills yet students having their phone banned doesn’t help. As an adult your boss can’t ban your phone at work, so why should the same at school? It is a growing part of our culture and fixing the problem is not removing it completely, it is just diverting the problem elsewhere. There are issues the phone ban is trying to fix and even large social media corporations are trying to minimise the additions and bullying. Teachers have access to their phones during class, if it is a huge issue then the parent needs to step in and either monitor what their child is doing or teach them when it is appropriate to use their phone at school. This law should go both ways instead of targeting students when they aren’t all to blame.

  • #1575


    “Exemptions will be granted to students who use phones to monitor health conditions, and students will be able use phones for classroom activities if they receive permission from their teacher.” – The Age. “students must switch off their devices and store them in lockers during school hours.” – Also The Age. Aa phone can’t be used in class under the teacher’s instruction if all phones are stored in student’s lockers! With a growing society of mental health disorders not only in the students but the parents as well, the parent needs to worry more than they should. They will lose trust in their child to communicate appropriately and they will worry more. The school already puts enough time and effort into teaching, monitoring and supporting their students, how much time is left in school to worry about learning the necessary skills further throughout life? If a student wants to waste their time and they don’t affect other students then the teachers and parents are expected to step in. The student needs to learn the responsibility themselves and it’s not the fault of anyone else. The standards of this law does not consider everyone it affects on a daily basis and students can make more excuses for not completing the work (Not catching up through compass, not having a laptop/tablet/iPad/etc., not checking emails, not finishing a research task). To all the students who suffer social anxiety and struggle to talk to people in person but can communicate online through their phone. WE are sorry. The government need a re-evaluation sooner than the end of next year.

  • #1577


    The ban on mobile phones is something I’m personally quite against. I feel as if the results will fail to combat the issues of distractions and cyber-bullying, simply because these can occur without mobile phones. If the classroom is not engaging and students are using their phones, I feel as though with the ban on mobile phones, other distractions will replace mobile phones. I think it’s more of an issue of how to appropriately engage students and develop an attitude of engagements away from mobile phones, rather than a ‘blanket ban.’

    In terms of cyber-bullying, a large amount of bullying would occur either outside of school hours or in physical form. All the ban of mobile phones does is just ensure that bullying is not online during school hours, but it doesn’t necessarily prevent out of school or offline bullying and attacks. Also with inappropriate pictures taken at school, a ban like this wouldn’t be able to prevent cases where students are wanting to take these pictures.

    I personally feel like rather than imposing a ban, school’s should look for a way to incorporate mobile phones into our learning. I get that it may be difficult to do so, but it would support students in the workforce where we need to be able to deal with mobile phones to support productivity rather than as a distraction. A ban on mobile phones, may not direct us in the right direction.

    Also a lot of support for the ban comes from the ideas that mobile phones weren’t used previously and those grown-ups are in the workforce competently. However, by the time that current students are in the workforce, it will be different from the one adults who haven’t grown up with mobile phones are in.

    It’s a complex issue, but I don’t think the ban is the way to go. We should look at ways to positively incorporate mobile phones into learning and use them as a tool for positive support.

  • #1579


    The ban on mobile phones at school seem very odd, but some agree and some don’t. The whole point of school is to teach, we all learn about ethics etc., to use the phones when allowed to, take picture of the board and so on. What I’m saying is the ban is ethically wrong, to be honest, we live in the 21st century and we have technology everywhere, we need these resources. The fact that you can bring a laptop or Ipad just makes no sense. The whole mobile phones ban was to reduce cyberbullying, but students can do it on the same social media app on whichever device.

    Now that Congress is coming, we should talk about the Mobile Phone ban, it is a great time to speak about it.

  • #1589


    I’m going to be the devil’s advocate here. I get why they did it. And in many ways, it can be a good thing. HOWEVER, I don’t agree with the ban during recess and lunches, I think that’s a bit too excessive. My school has a ‘silent and invisible’ policy, which has definitely increased productivity and my friends have all said that it has. I agree with everything in this thread, but I can see why they did it. I don’t think that cyberbullying should’ve been used as a reason though, definitely doesn’t do anything for it.

  • #1604


    My school banned phones at the start of last year, let’s just say it did virtually nothing. The staff don’t care if we use our phones, the students don’t care about the ban and ignore it, and our phones are still used to help us learn almost everyday. If the state government goes through with this ban I don’t think it’ll do anything. I think most people will ignore it. Because let’s face it phones have become integrated into our lives, we need them most of the time, whether that’s for communication, navigation or something else. If they take them away people will get angry, and not only students but our families too. :///

  • #1706

    Seth McLure

    Never in the last 5 years have I had to pull out my phone through out my schooling. Ever since I started secondary school in 2015 they have always been banned. It has always been strongly enforced and has been a big reason of why we have a great history of learning here at Rochester. I agree with the ban and feel that it was appropriate to some extent. Recess and Lunchtime bans I think are a bit harsh but it is each to their own and has never really bothered anyone at our school.

    I know the ban seems to be quite unacceptable to some students, teachers and parents but I personally see it as a blessing in disguise and maybe that won’t be recognized until later on.

  • #1729


    I believe that phones, when used in the right way can help with being productive in the classroom and can assist when getting to classes, checking results, uploading tasks, etc, but so many students waste so much time on their phones when they should be learning! Many students do use their phones in an appropriate way, but a lot of students can’t help the urge to check the socials or respond to texts when they shouldn’t be. I’m sure most people at some point have taken a lengthy ‘bathroom break’ and have checked snapchat along the way, and I’m also sure that many students take a sneaky looks at their phones under classroom desks. Schools are for learning and phones are having a major impact on this. Full stop. I don’t know if a complete ban is a way to completely solve the issue, especially if students don’t agree with it, but something needs to done.

  • #1980


    I believe we shouldn’t have our phones at school it provides the need to check social media’s, it’s a distraction and students will struggle to focus

  • #2679

    William Henry McIntosh

    Well I think the ban sucks


    I nearly got expelled for having my phone out for just checking the time


    I even nearly got sent home


    this won’t stop cyber bullying or bullying why are we even doing this ban.


    if we have to do this stupid ban I believe the teachers should to!

    why are they allowed to have there phone on the charger during class and then it rings during class time


    the teacher’s should have the ban too

  • #2689

    comms queen
    This sounds like a great issue to bring to your student or staff leadership – if you’re at a government school there should be two spots for students on your school council. In fact it’s school council election season right now! You can find some info about how that works here:
    We’re also interested to hear about any schools who are extending the phone ban to teachers or how other people are experiencing the phone ban in their schools!
  • #2692

    radiant roses

    My school has implemented the government’s mobile phone ban this year. Personally, as a year 12 student in VCE, I believe that the phone ban has definitely led to an increased student focus and engagement in classes as students are no longer distracted by their phones. I also support the ban during snack and lunch breaks as I have observed students cherishing the moments with their friends who are indulging in meaningful conversations! However, I disapprove of the ban being implemented during excursions, such as Swimming/Athletics Carnival. Since these events take place off-site, it is necessary for students to have their phones in the case of an emergency. Also ,being a year 12 myself, I understand student’s desires to take pictures with their phones to capture their last moments of Swimming Carnival, for example.

  • #2749


    The government had good intentions for this ban, however, it’s not stopping students from going onto their phones at any point in time during school… Honestly, I feel like the policy is useless. But I have to admit I am conversing in more conversations with friends rather than playing stuff on my phone!

  • #3241


    just don’t want to deal with bullying during school hours

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