Ban phones in schools, says minister Nick Gibb

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  • Pupils should be banned from taking smartphones into school, the minister for school standards in England has told the BBC.

    Nick Gibb spoke out ahead of the government publishing new guidance for schools, expected to address internet safety, social media and online gaming.

    It is expected to say children should be taught to limit the amount of time they spend online.

    Although I think smartphone use should be controlled in schools, especially as kids can access porn and these so called suicide sites, I don't think banning them outright would be a good idea and would probably meet a lot of resistance from parents and kids alike.


    Parents like to keep track of their kids and for the kids themselves, it can be a quick way to organise their day, but I see no reason why phones should be allowed in the classroom.


    Should phones be banned in school?

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  • I think that kids should have to "check in" their phones at the start of the school day and then get them back when they leave. There is no need for their use while in the school.


    This would go some way to addressing the issue of screen time that blights our society these days. It would also teach that tech is not the be all and end all of existence.

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  • Emergency calls for kids can be directed to the school and if deemed important enough they can interrupt the lessons to pass the message on. I see no genuine reason for kids to need their mobile phones during lessons.


    As an aside, when I was at school, we had a peg and a shelf to store coats and books. Our local schools have nothing now, so the kids are obliged to carry the books required for the whole day, and their coats, etc. around with them and dump them in each classroom they visit. I don't see the logic of this, but that's how it is. Maybe the lack of somewhere safe to store their mobiles is the reason they keep them close all day.

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  • Take the phone but it must be switched off in school time.


    People get into trouble using them at work, so I would call it a part of social education.

  • Emergency calls for kids can be directed to the school and if deemed important enough they can interrupt the lessons to pass the message on. I see no genuine reason for kids to need their mobile phones during lessons.


    As an aside, when I was at school, we had a peg and a shelf to store coats and books. Our local schools have nothing now, so the kids are obliged to carry the books required for the whole day, and their coats, etc. around with them and dump them in each classroom they visit. I don't see the logic of this, but that's how it is. Maybe the lack of somewhere safe to store their mobiles is the reason they keep them close all day.

    I had a peg and a shelf, but I guess in this day and age schools would need American style lockers to keep the kid's stuff safe. And yes, on the emergency calls, that's exactly what used to happen at my schools too. Parents could call the school office secretary and anything of a emergency nature could be passed on to the classroom teachers who would let the kids know.


    I think that kids should have to "check in" their phones at the start of the school day and then get them back when they leave. There is no need for their use while in the school.

    Seems perfectly sensible and workable solution to me. As an aside, my local shops have a similar system when dealing with school kids during the school day. They are not allowed to walk into shops carrying bags and some of them insist on mobile phones being handed over too, so that organised thieving cannot be done.

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