Mobile Phone-Free Zone
We are thinking of making Kings a mobile phone-free school.
Why would we want to do this ?
We are finding that young people are permanently glued to their phone, including during school hours.
This presents several concerns:
- Students find it impossible to break the loop of ‘returning the message’. A never ending spiral of messages via
text, messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat and so forth
- This is leading to high levels of anxiety for young people, leading to an erosion of emotional well-being and the
development of mental health issues
- This includes an undermining of self-esteem and self-belief. This could revolve around exclusion from friendship
groups on social media or the perception of this, a comparison of how many ‘likes’ someone has on Facebook, hurtful
messages being relayed at lightning speed, relationship issues, friendship group issues and so forth
- This then leads to the school dealing with issues / perceptions of bullying
- Mobile phones out in lessons unnecessarily so with students messaging each other or on inappropriate Apps or web
sites is the single largest behaviour issue in classrooms today. Teachers are also continually dealing with phones
buzzing or pinging. This is a continual disruption to the classroom
- Mobile phones increasingly present problems in test and exam rooms due to the current culture
- The quantity of ‘screen time’ is also highly concerning. It is habitual for many young people to have their phone
out constantly. This is eroding face-to-face conversation
- We are also concerned that some young people find it necessary to photograph or video anything that may be deemed
‘difficult’ in school. This may include friendship issues or even the ‘behaviours’ of some children that are
vulnerable. This footage ends up on media outlets such as You Tube immediately. These incidents represent child
protection infringements, personal identity infringements, serious safeguarding infringements and wholly interferes
with the daily running of a school of a thousand teenagers
- Mobile phones can connect to the internet using the 4G phone signal. This means that we cannot safeguard our
children and your children against inappropriate web sites. The school network uses a filter system to protect young
people, a critical part of our safeguarding procedures
- We do promote the use of personal mobile devices (such as iPads etc) in school as long as they are not 4G enabled
We are therefore considering Kings to be a mobile phone free zone. Students would be able to keep them in
their bags as long as they are switched off. We want students to be happy, to believe in themselves, to be able to
learn without disruption from others. We want young people to talk with each other in person and develop the art of
conversation. We hope that you will support our proposal.