Victoria introduces the telephone ban for state and secondary primary schools


Victorian public school students will no longer be able to use their mobile phones during school hours.

The move will be applied next year and will be followed by the push by education minister James Merlino to end cyberbullying and reduce class distraction.

"This will remove an important distraction from our classes so teachers can teach and students can learn in a more focused, positive and supported environment," Merino said in a note.

"Half of all young people have experienced cyberbullying. By mobilizing mobile phones, we can stop them at the school gate."

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While many support the move, saying "it is bloody time" and "the right thing to do", others, between teachers and parents, have vented their frustration and their position against it.

"As a teacher I don't agree with this move. The phones can be a very useful pedagogical tool, and they need to learn how to use them safely," said a woman in a Facebook post on the ban.

"This is a short-sighted reactionary step that will ultimately do nothing to prevent cyberbullying."

Another Facebook user described the ban as "total ignorance" by the state government, saying "there are many state schools in Victoria that use the smartphone as an educational tool to help and communicate between students and the school".

A mother-of-two also agreed, adding her two high school girls rely on their phones for study schedules and school schedules and exams.

"Virtually everything is online, which is why they have their phones and data at school," he said.

Students will be forced to turn off their phones and store them in lockers up to the final bell – and in case of emergency, parents or guardians can reach their child by calling the school.

The only exceptions to the ban will be those in which students use phones to monitor health conditions, or where teachers instruct students to bring the phone for a specific activity in the classroom.

"Idiotic – and for those who say & # 39; We have never had them as a child & # 39 ;, no, you are not, you have grown in a completely different way and you adapt to your environment," said another indignant user of Facebook, adding that it does not support the "idiot" ban "a little".


Despite the backlash against the state government's move, many have come on board in support, saying that children have "need zero phones during classes".

"I find it unbelievable that this is also a problem. Isn't school a place for an education that doesn't socialize?", Asked a person on Facebook.

"Why do students need phones in schools? The last time I checked if there was an emergency in which the office was called, the message was pasted to the student "said another.

Others have simply said that it is "on time" as students should give their teachers their full attention.

According to a survey conducted by – 75% of people agree that phones should be banned in every public school throughout Australia. It is based on 618 votes.


Mr. Merlino said that schools embraced technology in the classroom and the government wanted children to be digitally literate, but mobile phones "allow" cyberbullying.

He explained that the teachers continually asked the children to put away their phones, and called the decision to ban them during school hours, including lunch and recreation, "common sense".

He said the teachers wanted the children to talk to each other in the school yard, not checking their phones, the ABC reported.

"Teachers continually ask children to put away their phones. This is common sense. It will not (absolutely) solve cyberbullying, but it will make a big difference," he said.

"We can't print it. It's going to happen.

"But we can take real steps to reduce bullying."

In February 2018, in view of the November state elections, liberals announced a policy to ban students from using telephones in classrooms.

At the time, the Andrews government claimed that the prohibitions were the decision of the individual schools.

"I imagine that the imitation of politics is the greatest form of flattery", the former liberal leader Matthew Guy tweeted Tuesday night.

A number of private schools have already banned the use of telephones, and the McKinnon Secondary School, a government school in the bay of Melbourne, imposed a ban from last year.

Princess Pitsa Binnion told ABC that she believed the students at the school had become more entrenched in their studies.

"Our students are more concentrated students in the classroom without this distraction," he said.

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