Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Are Mobiles Needed in Schools?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Are Mobiles Needed in Schools?

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SOAPBOX

DANIELLE FORD

danielle.ford@scnews.com.au

MOBILE phones in schools. It's a topic that is in the spotlight right now after the New South Wales Government announced it would enforce a ban on mobiles in all public primary schools.

The idea behind the plan is to help reduce online bullying and unnecessary distraction.

What the article got me asking is why is there a need to ban phones in primary schools? Do children in primary school need mobiles, let alone ones with internet access?

I was given my first mobile the Christmas before I started high school. It was one of those Nokia brick phones and the most exciting thing about it was you could buy a colourful case and keypad for it.

The only reason I was even given a phone was because I had to catch the bus to high school and it was only to let my parents know if I'd missed the bus or for them to tell me they were picking me up instead. …

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