QLD school enforces a controversial “no phone policy” in the hopes of preventing bullying and getting students to talk to one another.

Pimpama State College on the Gold Coast said it would now enforce the rule – which has been in place for several years – because students were becoming too absorbed in their mobiles and not talking to each other.

“You know, I’ve walked passed a table of students and none of them are talking to each other, they’re all heads down looking at screens,” Principal John Thornberry told 9NEWS.

Students who are caught defying the rule will be forced to leave their phone at the school office and fetch it after school finishes.

“We have incidents of kids during lunchtime who have had a photo taken of them without their permission, or texting in the playground things that are inappropriate or nasty,” he said.

While students think the rule is too strict, parents so far have been supportive.

Earlier this year Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham called for phones to be kept out of classrooms, calling them a distraction and “platform for bullying”. Read more on that here.

France’s education minister also announced that mobile phones will be banned from primary, junior, and middle schools, calling it a matter of “public health.” Read more.

I LOVE this! I have said before that one of the biggest hurdles kids face at high school is technology getting in the way of meeting new people.

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  • I’m ???? per cent with the school here. Phones are not necessary whilst at school during class time.


  • Hallelujah!
    There weren’t mobiles around in schools when I was a teenager and we survived. I never understood how they were allowed in the first place. Bullying is a major issue for teens in general, it’s a fantastic idea to remove phones from schools as it removes a platform for bullying that our kids take with them everywhere. It’s hard for kids to switch off and I think as adults it’s a responsibility we share to protect our kids and make them feel safe and in control of what affects them.
    High five to this school and I prey the rest follow this example❤️

    • There needs to be universal policy on mobile phones in schools and workplaces too!


  • I agree with this.


  • I actually do not mind this concept – would be good to know more detail. I have a ban on phones when I am having coffee, lunch or catch ups with family and friends.


  • I don’t think this is unreasonable. They are there to learn not to play on their phones all day!


  • I agree. Phone should be switched off once you arrive at school and left in the locker.


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