Student Use of Mobile Phones in Schools Procedures
Direction and guidance on the safe, responsible and respectful use of mobile phones for students in NSW public schools.
Audience and applicability
This policy applies to all students in NSW public schools.
|Description of changes
|Chief Operating Officer
About the policy
|Any use approved by school staff that supports student learning, wellbeing and educational outcomes.
|Include school grounds, school-related activities and outside of school where there is a clear and close connection between the school and the conduct of students, such as excursions and camps.
- establish implementation approach and practices consistent with this policy
- inform all staff about this policy.
Principals, teachers and school administration support staff:
- support parents or carers and students to model appropriate use of mobile phones
- respond to and report any inappropriate use of mobile phones
- implement this policy in consultation with school staff, students, parents or carers, including determining where mobile phones are to be kept while on school premises.
Parents or carers:
- support policy implementation, including resolving issues, communicate with school staff and the school community respectfully and collaboratively.
What needs to be done
1. Select one of five mobile phone management options
Principals, in consultation with their school community, decide on the mobile phone management option that best suits their school.
- Phones off and away
- Phones in lockers
- Phones in pouches
- Phones collected and stored in classroom
- Phones stored in school office
Use the above supporting implementation considerations.
2. Adopt your school management plan
If you do not already have a plan, you can use the templates listed below.
- Template - phones off and away
- Template - phones in lockers
- Template - phones in pouches
- Template - phones collected and stored in classroom
- Template - phones stored in school office
3. Communicate your school management plan
Communicate your school management plan to staff, students and community. Include:
- exemption requests, confirming documentation needed (such as including exemptions into Personalised Learning Pathways)
- phone storage and access arrangements during the day
- how parents and students can stay in contact during school hours when necessary.
4. Implement the plan
Implement your school management plan, for example, consider:
- purchasing a phone storage solution
- putting up signage around the school
- incorporating digital citizenship into lessons.
The Executive Director, Digital Learning monitors the implementation of this policy, regularly reviews its contents and updates it as needed.