Primary school students will be banned from bringing their mobile phones to school as of next year.
The NSW State Government announced the controversial new rule in a move to reduce bullying, sexual images and stress among school-aged children.
‘Mobile phones, unfortunately, are not only distracting but also causing stress for young children — and we can’t have that continue,’ NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told Channel 7 Sunrise.
‘We’re sending a very strong message to everybody that children need to be protected.’
High schools will also be given an option to enforce the rule, too.
The NSW Department of Education will provide guidelines as to how the ban will work – but it is believed students will be prohibiting from using phones during school hours.
Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg supports the ban, and says if parents demand their children be contactable at school with mobile phones, the phones should not have cameras or Internet access.
‘I’m really worried about the stress a lot of these kids are already under,’ he told The Daily Telegraph.
Dr Carr-Gregg also called for students in years 7-10 to be banned from using phones, with limited access allowed to year 11 and 12 pupils.
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