Mobile Phones To Be Banned At All WA Public Schools
Students will be banned from using mobile phones, smartwatches, earbuds, tablets and headphones at all WA public schools from 2020.
On Wednesday, Premier Mark McGowan announced the new ‘off and away all day’ policy, meaning students will not be able to use their phones during school hours, including at recess and lunch.
“We want to create the best possible learning environment for WA kids, and our policy will allow students to focus on their school work, without the distraction of a mobile phone,” McGowan said.
“The policy will improve the health and wellbeing of students, by encouraging children to connect socially in class and in the schoolyard. Some schools have already adopted this policy, and the results have been very positive.”
McGowan said the state government is responding to growing concerns from parents and teachers surrounding the pressures phones and social media can place on young people.
“Additionally, while it is recognised that cyberbullying mainly occurs outside school time, banning the use of mobile phones will reduce external issues being brought into a school via technology,” he said.
Students from kindergarten to year six will not be allowed to have phones during the school day and students from years seven to 12 must have their phones turned off and kept out of sight.
The ban also restricts the use of smartwatches, earbuds, tablets and headphones unless students are under the instruction of a staff member. Exemptions to the policy will be made for students with special circumstances.