Mobile phones will be banned from public primary schools across NSW from next year.

The state government announced the move on Thursday, following a review into their use in classrooms. It will affect approximately 619,000 students.

‘Mobile phones, unfortunately, are not only distracting but also causing stress for young children – and we can’t have that continue,’ NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told Seven’s Sunrise.

‘We’re sending a very strong message to everybody that children need to be protected.’

The education department will provide guidelines to schools about exactly how the ban will work, but it’s believed students won’t be able to have access to phones during the day.

Let’s hope this is something we see in ALL Australian schools very soon.

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  • Great idea. No need for them other than after school to arrange/ confirm pick up


  • Great idea, I hope all schools are able to implement this.


  • Excellent! If kids or parents feel like they need them to and from school, they can hand them in to be kept by the school or locked away somewhere. There is no place for phones in schools. If there is an emergency parents can contact the front office and send a message and likewise if a child needs to send a message they can go via the front office.


  • Yes I do, they are there to learn.


  • That’s great news. Hopefully the rest of Australia will follow suit. Having phones during school lessons can be very distracting. Not sure how they are going to get this done though. Kids will hide them and not admit to having one. It may just help on bullying in the schools. If there is an emergency then that call can be made to the school office and passed on immediately


  • Hallelujah! I think they should be banned in all schools. My son’s school banned them except… the students figured out a way around it. They simply said they didn’t have one on them and would have it hiding in their pencil case or pocket. A ban needs to be fully enforced. I absolutely feel for teachers trying to educate our next generation with the distraction that phones provide. All I need to do is look through my social media feed to see what kids are doing in classrooms and school toilets with their phones. Not much learning going on I’m afraid.


  • and so they should be! Who gives a kid that young a phone!


  • Thank heavens for some common sense – mobile phones were meant to be used in an emergency, not to play games on in school hours. This ban is way overdue in my mind.

    • Spot on! Mobile phones are for emergencies and class time is for study.


  • Mobile Phones are already banned at some primary schools in SA. If they do have one for emergencies they have to hand them in at the office and sign them in. At the end of the day they collect them and sign them out. My niece odes that the days she takes hers to school. She has used hers a couple of times when her parent/s haven’t arrived on time to pick her up. Another time the school decided to let the children out early as a huge storm was iminent. Her phone is “locked” in such a way that she can only contact a limited number of people are receive anything from others. It is a very basic phone with no games loaded on it. Definitely no internet.


  • Totally agree!!


  • Excellent idea, they are there to learn and interact in real life. Let’s hope all other states follow their lead.


  • Yes, I totally support this decision. My kids don’t get mobile phones till they go to High school


  • And about time too. The phones were originally provided merely in case they missed a bus or something dire happened. They should be in their bags and not being played with during school time.


  • A good move as long as they contact family before and after class if needed!


  • There’s no need to have them during class times.


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