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South Australian public schools for high school students ban the use of mobile phones

Mobile phones will be banned from almost all schools in Australia – here’s what you need to know about the new rules coming into force next year

  • South Australia has banned mobile phones in public secondary schools from 2023
  • Devices must be left at home or turned off and placed in school storage
  • The ban is intended to reduce bullying and promote distraction-free learning.

Mobile phones will be banned in South Australian schools, and students will be required to lock up or leave their devices at home.

Public high school principals have written to parents detailing the ban, which will begin at the beginning of the 2023 school year.

South Australia will become the fourth Australian state and territory to implement the ban, promised by Labor in the latest state election, after Northern Territory, Victoria and Western Australia.

The mobile phone ban will be extended to New South Wales if the Labor Party wins state elections next year.

Devices must be left at home or locked away during school hours, while students who need access to their mobile phones during class will be provided with lockable lead-lined bags.

Schools will issue eligible students a card that exempts them from the ban if they need their phone for translation, medical reasons, or to communicate with parents or caregivers.

The ban also applies to school activities, including camps and field trips.

South Australia has banned mobile phones in public secondary schools and students are required to leave their devices at home or switched off in school storage. Students who need access to their device in class will receive a lockable lead-lined bag (pictured)

Marryatville High School Principal John Tiver asked parents for their input on the cell phone ban in a letter dated Nov. 25.

“Under the incoming policy, all students are required to keep their mobile phones and other personal devices turned off and out of school, unless an exemption is granted by their school under department policy,” Mr. Tiver said.

Mr. Tiver explained that a cell phone ban would reduce the impact of bullying and provide students with a distraction-free learning environment.

‘[phone policy will] help promote environments with reduced negative impacts of inappropriate device use at school, such as cyberbullying, exposure to harmful content and critical incidents involving mobile phones,” said Mr. Tiver.

‘[It will also create] classroom environments where teachers can teach and students can learn without distractions caused by personal use of devices.

“Breaks can be used as quality time away from screens, encouraging physical activity and play and meaningful face-to-face connections with peers.”

South Australian Education Minister Blair Boyer said schools will have a transition period to apply state restrictions, which require all grade levels to switch off their phones.

Boyer said schools must determine the “appropriate storage method” for their students, while access to phones must be “managed.”

“Individual schools will continue to determine locally the most appropriate storage method for their site,” Mr. Boyer said.

“Access to personal devices during school hours must be managed so that students can be fully present in their learning and in their interactions with their teachers and peers.”

The Push To Introduce The Ban, Promised By Labor In The Last State Election, Intensified After Students Used Their Phones To Film Violent Fights (Pictured)

The push to introduce the ban, promised by Labor in the last state election, intensified after students used their phones to film violent fights (pictured)

Moves to introduce the ban, promised by Labor before the latest state election, intensified in the wake of widely publicized incidents involving students using phones to film fights.

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