Mobile phones to be banned at state schools

Victorian students will soon be banned from bringing mobile phones to class.

From Term 1 next year, students at Victorian state schools will be required to switch off their phones and store them securely in lockers from the start of the school day to the final bell.

When emergencies occur, parents and guardians can reach their child by calling the school.

The only exceptions to the mobile phone classroom ban will be where students use phones to monitor health conditions, or where teachers instruct students to bring their phones for a classroom activity.

Education Minister James Merlino announced the school mobile phone ban following a successful ban at McKinnon Secondary College.

Teachers at the school have reported that students are more focused during class and communicating more in the school yard.It’s hoped the reform will help tackle cyber bullying, reduce distraction and improve student learning outcomes.

“This will remove a major distraction from our classrooms, so that teachers can teach, and students can learn in a more focused, positive and supported environment,” Mr Merlino said.

“Half of all young people have experienced cyber bullying. By banning mobiles we can stop it at the school gate.”