A Perth mother is calling for a ban on mobile phones at schools, after her daughter was viciously attacked by a group of girls who filmed the assault on their phones.
The Year Nine student, who’s too scared to be identified, was targeted while walking down the halls during recess on Monday.
“They kept kicking and pushing me until I got to the door and then she pulled me by my hair and kneed me in the face and that’s when I dropped to the floor,” she told 9NEWS.
The two students who instigated the assault have been suspended and WA Police is investigating.
However, the girl’s mother is demanding the school expel the bullies, and confiscate mobile phones from students caught doing the wrong thing.
“Every week someone’s getting bashed and it’s getting filmed,” she said. “
The Education Department said the use of mobile phones is up to school principals.
“While there must be consequences for those caught using phones to harass or bully their peers at school, students also need to learn how to use mobile phones and other online devices in a safe and respectful manner,” a spokesperson said.
A Government review may see smart phones banned in schools
Smart phones could soon be banned across NSW schools as part of a state review into the use of the devices following parent concerns and the rise of cyberbullying.
Education Minister Rob Stokes ordered the review on Thursday into the use of technological devices in schools, which will be led by prominent child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.
“While smartphones connect us to the world in ways never imagined just a decade ago, they raise issues that previous generations have not had to deal with,” Mr Stokes said in a statement.
“In the classroom and in the playground, smartphones provide opportunities for students and parents to stay connected, but can also create other problems.
“From screen time, to cyberbullying and social media, smartphones have generated concerns for parents, teachers and students. Schools need to have better rules in place around phones.”
In another case a Sydney school girl has been charged after this brutal attack at a Bega school.
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