The government of Australia has made a major move by banning students in the majority of public schools from using mobile devices during school hours in an attempt to get them to focus on their studies.
As the officials have announced, the decision to have a total ban on mobile devices during school hours was made in hopes to prevent kids from getting distracted or involved in cyber-bullying.
The total ban will affect students from the majority of public schools in Western Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria, whereas NSW schools will ban mobile phones during classes and breaks.
“We want our kids focused on learning, not on snapchatting and texting and whatever else you might do on a mobile device. This is a pretty simple thing. It’s something parents have called for, many teachers have called for,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Naturally, exemptions will be allowed in cases where students with medical issues require mobile devices to manage their conditions.
Before the ban, dozens of public and private schools have imposed their own regulations to get their students off the screens.
As Principal Pitsa Binnon of the McKinnon Secondary College explained, however, some parents found ways around the rules by buying their kids wearable devices that aren’t classified as phones.
“The reality is we need to be able to create a haven for students. They need to not communicate with their parents. And their parents need to not communicate with them. And some parents found it very challenging,” she told the Australian Financial Review.
“I think it’s really important for kids to come to school and be in this bubble for the period of the school day. I’m sure kids will survive till they get home to find out what’s for dinner.”
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