Student use of mobile phones in schools

Direction and guidance on the safe and responsible use of mobile phones for students in NSW public schools.


This policy applies to all students in NSW public schools.

Version Date Description of changes Approved by
V01.0.0 09/10/2023 First publication Chief Operating Officer
  1. Policy statement
    1. Students are not allowed to use mobile phones at school, including during recess and lunch.
    2. Principals will manage individual requests from parents and/or carers, and students, for any exemptions to the policy.
    3. Principals may allow students to use mobile phones in specific circumstances, such as for an educational purpose, to achieve student health and wellbeing outcomes, or as part of reasonable adjustment to enable students with specific needs to participate in education on the same basis as other students.
  2. Context
    1. Learning environments should support students to develop technological, social and emotional competencies. This support should maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of digital environments and prepare students for life beyond school.
  3. Policy contact
    1. Digital Learning team
  4. Monitoring the policy
    1. The Executive Director, Digital Learning monitors the implementation of this policy, regularly reviews its contents and updates it as needed.
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