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Mobile Phone use in School

 

The School strongly advises that children’s mobile phones should not be brought into school.  However, we accept that there may be particular circumstances in which a parent wishes their child to have a mobile phone for their own safety e.g. if they are walking to and from school. This does not include children that meet up with mum/dad in the park or up the alley. Therefore, it would be expected that only children in Year 5 & 6 who walk to and from school without an adult may need to bring a phone into school. In order to do this, a form must be signed by both parent and child to acknowledge the agreement and to give permission. These are available from reception or can be downloaded from the bottom of the page

 

Mobile phones which are brought into school must be turned off (not placed on silent) and should be handed in, at the front office where they will be kept until the end of the school day.  If a child needs to contact his or her Parents or Carers, they will be allowed to use the school phone. Parents are advised not to contact their child via their mobile phone during the school day, but to contact the school office.

We find that children often think it is ‘cool’ to bring a phone into school and do so entirely for this reason. Please note that Mobile phones brought into school are entirely at pupil’s, parent’s or visitor’s own risk. The School accepts no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of any phone brought into school. 

 

All mobile phone use is open to scrutiny and the Headteacher is able to withdraw or restrict authorisation for use at any time if it is to be deemed necessary.  The School will inform Parents/Carers if there is a reasonable suspicion that a phone may contain undesirable material, including those which promote pornography, violence or bullying. We will also not allow children to use their phones on the school site e.g. walking across the playground at the end of the day.

 

Safe use of Mobile Phones

  • Children should protect their phone numbers by only giving them to trusted friends and family members.
  • Please ensure you speak to your child about the safe and appropriate use of mobile phones and personally-owned devices and make them aware of boundaries and consequences. 
  • No photos or videos should be taken on mobile phones in school. 
  • If a child breaches the rules, then the phone or device will be confiscated and will be held in a secure place in the school office. The mobile phone will then be released to parents at the end of the school day.

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