Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham wants phones kept out of classrooms, calling them a distraction and “platform for bullying”.
The death of 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett has really put the spotlight on the issue of access to social media and the harm it causes.
“There’s almost no reason students shouldn’t have their phones switched off and in their lockers while they’re at school,” Senator Birmingham told News Corp today.
“Although learning to work with technology is essential, phones can be a distraction from lessons and a platform for bullying unless schools have the right policies in place.”
Kids are using phones at school to photograph classmates in change rooms, watch pornography and send suicide taunts.
“Cyber cop’’ Susan McLean yesterday demanded a ban on phones in schools, warning that schools risk being sued by the parents of cyber-bullying victims over messages sent in school hours.
“I am seeing the most violent, vulgar, horrible comments you can imagine,’’ she told The Sunday Telegraph.
“Schools risk being sued by parents over their failure to provide a safe place for students, both online and offline,’’ she said.
I am totally behind this move!
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