Culture secretary Matt Hancock says schools should ban mobile phones.

Not content with merely barring them from being used in the classroom, Matt Hancock has suggested that they be confiscated from children who carry them at the start of each school day.  Sky News reports

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he warned that mobiles could have a “real impact” on students’ achievements and leave them exposed to increased amounts of bullying. He also questioned why youngsters needed to bring their phones to school in the first place.

“While it is up to individual schools to decide rather than government, I admire head teachers who do not allow mobiles to be used during the school day. I encourage more schools to follow their lead.”

Mr Hancock said that “setting boundaries” in relation to how much children were exposed to technology – and notably social media – was vital in protecting them from harm and encouraging them to use the internet safely

“Studies have shown that mobile phones can have a real impact on working memory and fluid intelligence, even if the phone is on a table or in a bag,” he added.

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