The Secretary of Education warned that mobile phones should be banned from schools because the blockade affected children’s “discipline and order.”
Gavin Williamson Told the Telegraph He said the school should have its own policy, but the phone should not be “used or seen during school days.”
He added that the phone could act as a “breeding ground” for cyberbullying, and social media could compromise mental health.
“Now is the time to clean up the screen, especially the cell phone,” he wrote.
“Technology is invaluable for children to continue learning during the blockade and we support its use,” he said.
“Outside the classroom, the use of mobile phones interferes with healthy exercise and good old play.
“To make matters worse, it acts as a breeding ground for cyberbullying and improper use of social media sites.
“Each school has its own policy, but we firmly believe that we should not use or look at mobile phones during school days, and we encourage principals to implement such a policy.”
He added that the government would discuss ways to help the head get rid of the phone from school later this year.
According to data from TeacherTapp, an app that surveys about 8,500 teachers daily, most schools already have policies that limit the use of phones in class.
According to the app, about half of middle schools and most elementary schools do not allow the phone to be used during breaks or lunch.
“The real problem pointed out by the secondary teacher is that the rules and sanctions are not consistently applied and it is always clear who is responsible for removing the phone or whether it is allowed to be removed. “It’s not always the case,” said Laura McKinany, co-founder of. Mr. Tap said.
“It’s not immediately clear how the Secretary of Education will change that problem.”
The school has the authority to prohibit telephones from being brought onto the premises.
However, the government policy is that it is the principal’s responsibility to determine if this is appropriate.
However, there are no laws in the UK to enforce it.
In France The law prohibits children from using their phones on school grounds.
And earlier this year, Announced by the Ministry of Education of China Students are not allowed to bring their mobile phones to school without the written parental consent.
Mica-May Smith of Bright Futures Education, an education and training company, said the total ban was a bad idea “because children could still take them to school and hide them.”
Instead, she said, she needed a “ruled collaborative approach” that included a specified amount of time and space used.
“It’s about bringing trust and preparing them for the adult world,” she added.
Susan Wesselz, vice president of Framlingham College in Suffolk, said the phone should be incorporated into the lesson as a “basic part of the curriculum.”
“Schools are designed to prepare students for the real world,” she added. “We must encourage students to use their phones constructively.”
But half of parents support a phone ban, A survey by last year’s price comparison site uSwitch suggested.
Shile Ismaila, a parenting blogger at African Mommy, says banning calls “avoids distractions and helps children focus on their work.”
“During the pandemic, the kids spent more time on their mobile phones than usual,” she added.
“This was the main way to stay connected with a more or less addicted companion.”
Williamson also writes about the need for discipline and structure when children return to school.
“Distance education has been very successful in allowing children to continue teaching from home, but the lack of regular structure and discipline inevitably affected their behavior. “He said.