Culture Secretary Thumbs-Ups Bans on Phones in Schools

By Gary Cutlack on at

Headteachers across the country have just been given the nod to introduce their own local bans on smartphone use in schools, with culture secretary Matt Hancock saying he admires heads who've already risked teenage riots and an elevation in door slamming by restricting the bringing of gadgets to school.

Hancock was writing in the Telegraph all by himself, where he explained: "I enthusiastically support using technology for teaching. But we also need to teach children how to stay safe with technology. Why do young children need phones in schools?"

"While it is up to individual schools to decide rather than government, I admire headteachers who do not allow mobiles to be used during the school day. I encourage more schools to follow their lead. The evidence is that banning phones in schools works," he added, which ought to be enough encouragement for letters to be sent home to parents tonight from heads of schools thinking about maybe banning personal devices from being brought in.

Hancock went on to quote studies that suggest the mere presence of a mobile phone is enough to lower the IQ of the holder or carrier, also pointing out the rise in bullying via social media. [Telegraph via Guardian]