Posted by: bc
Posted: 18th Aug 2019
My son is in Yr 12 and the mobile phone ban actually starts this week. I agree with a ban in primary school and the first half of high school, kids at that age really don't need phones, and if they need to contact parents they can do so after school, or a teacher can give special permission if requested by a parent for a special reason. I believe that it is also a status symbol in the younger years so to avoid any "bullying" they shouldn't be allowed- High school seniors are a different story; I think that yrs 10,11 and 12 are old enough to know what is acceptable and what isn't. My son doesn't wear a watch and uses his phone to check the time, as many do...I also like to be able to sms him, say if his tutoring time changes, or I am going to be late home. I totally agree that they shouldn't be looking at them in class, but I don't see the issue in recess. I believe that there should be a "3 strikes and you're out rule", I agree with the old saying, don't punish everyone for others mistakes, punish the culprit not the masses. As kids get older they use their phones for work shifts, organising their schedules, appointments etc and need to refer to them. if they are interfering with their school work them certainly take a stance, but I believe that we should make our kids responsible for their own actions, too many people blame everyone else, parents included, we need to take the kids out of cotton wool at some stage and make them aware of the consequences of doing the wrong thing.