Half of parents ‘want mobile phones banned in schools’

Just under half of UK parents, 49%, think their child’s school should ban mobile phones, a survey by price comparison site uSwitch suggests. The BBC reports.

The survey, of just over 1,000 people, also suggested that the average value of gadgets taken to school by each child was £301.

Extrapolating across the total population of UK school pupils, uSwitch estimated that the value of all gadgets taken to schools in 2019 will reach £2.3bn.

“The number of gadgets that schoolchildren are carrying into class every day is mind-boggling,” said Ernest Doku, mobiles expert at uSwitch.

“If school and education is about preparing us for that world, then learning how to use your mobile phone – when it’s appropriate, when it’s not appropriate, is a very important part of that,” Paul Howard-Jones, a professor of neuroscience and education at the University of Bristol, told the BBC in July last year.

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  1. Anonymous

    Banning phones in school would be fine if parents cooperated with the rule. My experience (some years ago) was that the biggest problems in enforcing a ‘no phones’ rule were the parents who claimed that they felt safer if they could contact their children by phone.

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