Phones: Should mobiles be banned in school?

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Do you think mobile phones should be banned in school?

Lots of you have been in touch about whether mobile phones should be banned in schools.

It comes after a government minister said that they should.

Nick Gibb, who looks after school standards in England, said that overuse of smartphones "drives out time for them to talk to their parents, exercise, do their homework or play with friends."

The Minister said he feels young people need to learn how to limit their time using social media and playing games on their phones.

However, there are people who disagree with Mr Gibb's ideas.

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says that banning phones could cause more problems than it solves, forcing students to use their phones in secret at school.

This suggestion from Mr Gibb follows a report from Ofcom earlier this week which claimed that some young people find hanging out in real life too much effort and prefer to interact on social media.

Mr Gibb believes that too much time on smartphones is bad for students - distracting them from their work, and preventing them from interacting with others as often as he feels they should.

Children should not be spending hours and hours on their smartphones or iPads... It eats into the amount of sleep and rest children have, resulting in their coming into school the next day tired and unable to concentrate.

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State at the Department for Education

The National Association of Head Teachers believe that instead schools should make their own choices about whether to ban phones or not, and that instead of outright bans - teaching students about how to monitor their own use of smartphones is a better thing to do.

Ultimately, schools work to prepare young people for the outside world, giving them the awareness and strategies to responsibly monitor their own screen use and the ability to identify and deal with any negative impacts or problematic content they encounter.

Sarah Hannafin, Senior Policy Advisor, NAHT
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Comment below and let us know if you think smartphones should be banned in school.


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  • Comment number 13. Posted by U17509618

    8 Feb 2019 14:29
    I disagree because if a kid or child was being push by bullies, the child can contact their mother or father on the situation. Another case is if a school or child is in critical danger, they could call 999 or 911 (depends where you are). Finally, if a child wants to contact safeguarding about a issue they have, they wont have to wait until the school day is over.
  • Comment number 12. Posted by Woowie and Flora

    4 Feb 2019 19:12
    I disagree you sometimes need your phone for school because you require this app called Google expeditions to explore the world and if they were banned 35 kids would crowd around the teacher asking to borrow his phone and we will have to take turns to use it and the trouble is the lesson is only half an hour and people will get less than a minute
  • Comment number 11. Posted by U17433506

    4 Feb 2019 8:09
    At my school you can bring them in but then you put them in a drawer and you get them back at the end of the day. That way you can contact your parents before and after school.
  • Comment number 10. Posted by HolHolster

    3 Feb 2019 19:24
    At my school you can use phones whenever, apart from in tests!
  • Comment number 9. Posted by unicorns

    3 Feb 2019 15:00
    At my school you can bring your phones but you are not allowed them in school hours on site so I put strongly agree
  • Comment number 8. Posted by dramaticus

    3 Feb 2019 11:28
    I think we should ban phones in school, because it can be quite distracting and puts you off your schoolwork
  • Comment number 7. Posted by NifflersHufflepuff

    3 Feb 2019 7:22
    At primary school fair enough, a lot of children don't have phones and get picked up from school by an adult so they don't require a phone. But at high school it can be inconvenient as there are lots of reasons for you needing to contact parents, one school in my area desn't mind you having phones. I do understand where the government is coming from and that they can be a disraction, but that that doesn't mean the don't have there advantages. I put 0 on the scale, I neither agree or disagree.
  • Comment number 6. Posted by ImaginePonies

    3 Feb 2019 7:14
    I think phones should be allowed in case of an emergency and also for research because you can find important details on the phone for free but if you don’t have it the school have to pay for books for you to read to find information.
  • Comment number 5. Posted by U17496494

    2 Feb 2019 18:40
    I think you shouldn't ban phones because sometimes I need to call my mum to tell her I am going to after school homework club.
  • Comment number 4. Posted by U17094534

    2 Feb 2019 18:20
    Phones should be band In school. What was the point of inventing them!