The new Federal Minister of Education has supported schools that wish to ban cell phones in the classroom.
Education Minister Dan Tehan agreed that cell phones present a distraction for students in the classroom and said that practical solutions should be found, such as picking up phones at the beginning of the school day.
"What we need is for teachers to understand if mobile phones prevent people from learning or not, and if it is the idea that everyone is put in a basket at the beginning of the class and picked up at the end of the class," he said. The Daily Telegraph.
Education Minister Dan Tehan agreed that cell phones present a distraction for students in the classroom and said practical solutions should be found
He said that if educators considered it a practical approach, he would be "happy to support teachers in that."
Meanwhile, NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes has launched a government review of the impacts of social media on students.
He said the results would determine whether telephones would be banned in schools in New South Wales during school hours, ABC News reported.
"Smartphones and their use in school has been a problem that parents, school communities, teachers and, increasingly, the academic community, have raised for me," he said.
"There are concerns about how the use of this technology could interfere with cognitive development, there are concerns about its misuse in terms of cyberbullying and there are also concerns that it will be a great distraction."
Australia ranks 39 out of 41 countries in achieving quality education, ahead of Romania and Turkey.
Australia ranks 39 out of 41 countries for educational outcomes, ahead of Romania and Turkey
The report card of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) found that 71.7% of 15-year-old Australian students met "benchmark results".
UNICEF Australia policy and defense director Amy Lamoin said the results showed the declining results of education in the country.
"There is certainly a decline in real terms in the educational space in Australia, in part because we still have to see an educational reform that goes beyond debates about funding models," he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Mr. Stokes said these were the key reasons why NSW was the first state or territory to initiate a review of the use of smartphones within the school facilities. "
Education experts who ask the government to review the use of mobile phones at school also ask for a general ban instead of a school ban by the school.
Extend After Care Care CEO Darren Stevenson told news.com.au that France had already established a cell phone ban in schools and that Australia had to follow suit.
The French government banned all students under the age of 15 from using a mobile phone during school hours and education experts want Australia to do the same
The French government prohibited all students under the age of 15 from using a mobile phone during school hours.
"In general, cell phones should be banned in elementary schools, really, they should only be used as a telephone device, when necessary, so that a young person can contact a parent or caregiver," he said.
"The mobile phone is a device that can significantly influence the behavior of a young person, so when they have the opportunity to build relationships or work as a team, it takes away that opportunity."
Mr. Stevenson went on to say that educators and parents who allowed students and children to use smartphones constantly failed to fulfill their duty of care.
There was also a study by the assistant professor at Bond University, Elizabeth Sander, who supports the idea that the use of mobile phones affects cognitive functions, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Extend After School Care Executive Director Darren Stevenson said that teachers and parents violated their duty of care by constantly allowing students and children to use mobile phones.
"Studies suggest that we are so attached to our smartphones that we constantly anticipate the arrival of a new message, alert or call to social networks," he said.
"By doing so, our attention is divided and it depletes our energy brains to do the work we need to focus on."
She said that research had shown that it takes the human brain up to 20 minutes to regain focus on a task once concentration is broken, and telephones can break concentration – up to 80 times a day.
"The neuroscience researchers at MIT discovered that, in reality, we are not paying attention to multiple things at the same time, but simply changing from one to the other," he said.
In 2017, a Gold Coast school banned the use of mobile phones during school hours to try to eradicate bullying online, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
In 2017, a Gold Coast school banned the use of mobile phones during school hours to try to eradicate online bullying.
Students at Pimpama State High School now have their mobile phones confiscated at the start of a school day and face detention if they come across a phone during school hours.
Principal John Thornberry said that seeing dozens of students sitting at a bus stop with their heads down "was sad.
"Social networks are having a massive impact on schools, there is a lack of empathy and students can not talk face to face, read body language and facial expressions," he said.
"We want to address the well-being of children, to give them a space to learn without being bombarded by what is happening online."