More governments ban mobile phones in schools

Chalkface recently reported on growing efforts to fight cyber bullying at schools (Cyber bullying – An Ongoing Issue). France for example has banned mobile phones at all schools. The Australian state of Victoria has now followed step and banned mobile phones in schools. Victoria Education Minister James Merlino said he didn’t expect the move to be “universally popular” but said it was the “right thing to do”.

Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement that he supported the Victoria ban. “When I talk to parents and teachers the overwhelming majority want action on banning mobile phones in the classroom,” Tehan said in a statement.

Some pupils with special needs will be exempt from the ban, including those who require telephones to monitor health conditions or those who have received permission from a teacher.

What do you think? Should Hong Kong follow this lead and ban mobile phones in schools?

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