Mobile Phone Policy

Purpose

  • The widespread ownership of mobile phones among young people requires that school administrators, teachers, students and parents take steps to ensure that mobile phones are used reasonably at schools. This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to ensure that potential issues involving mobile phones can be clearly identified and addressed, ensuring the benefits that mobile phones provide (such as increased safety) can continue to be enjoyed by our students.
  • New Directions has established the following Acceptable Use Policy for mobile phones that provides teachers, students and parents guidelines and instruction for the appropriate use of mobile phones during school hours.
  • Students, their parents or guardians must read and understand the Acceptable Use Policy before students are given permission to bring mobile phones to school.
  • The Acceptable Use Policy for mobile phones also applies to students during school excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities.

Rationale

2.1       Personal safety and security.

New Directions accepts that parents give their children mobile phones to protect them from everyday risks involving personal security and safety. There is also increasing concern about children travelling alone on public transport or commuting long distances to school. It is acknowledged that providing a child with a mobile phone gives parents reassurance that they can contact their child if they need to speak to them urgently.

Responsibility

3.1       It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones to school to abide by the guidelines outlined in this document.

3.2       The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or guardians.

3.3       Parents should be aware if their child takes a mobile phone to school.

3.4       Permission to have a mobile phone at school while under the school’s supervision is contingent on parent/guardian permission in the form signed copy of this policy. Parents/guardians may revoke approval at any time.

Acceptable Uses

4.1       Mobile phones should be switched off and kept locked in the teachers cabinet during school hours and whilst working on the premises. Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, the school office or other point of contact remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached quickly and assisted in any appropriate way.

4.2       Students should protect their phone numbers by only giving them to friends and keeping a note of who they have given them to. This can help protect the student’s number from falling into the wrong hands and guard against the receipts of insulting, threatening or unpleasant voice, text and picture messages.

Unacceptable Uses

5.1       Unless express permission is granted, mobile phones should not be used to make calls, send SMS messages, surf the internet, take photos or use any other application during school lessons and other educational activities. Students should only use their mobile phones before or after school.

5.2       Using mobile phones to bully and threaten other students is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. In some cases it can constitute criminal behaviour.

Theft or damage

6.1       Students should mark their mobile phone clearly with their names.

6.2       Students who bring a mobile phone to school must hand it in on arrival to be locked away.

6.3       Mobile phones that are found in the school and whose owner cannot be located should be handed into office staff.

6.4       The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile phones.

6.5       The school accepts no responsibility for students who lose or have their mobile phones stolen while travelling to and from school.

6.6       It is strongly recommended that students use passwords/pin numbers to ensure that unauthorised phone calls cannot be made on their phones (eg by other students, if or stolen). Students must keep their password/pin numbers confidential. Mobile phones and/or passwords may not be shared.

Inappropriate conduct

7.1       Any student/s caught using a mobile phone to cheat in exams or assessments will face disciplinary action as sanctioned by the Proprietor.

Sanctions

8.1       Students who infringe the rules set out in this document could face having their phones confiscated by teachers for a fixed period of 1 week. The mobile phone would be taken to a secure place within the school and the student’s parent informed. Appropriate arrangements will then be made from the parents to collect the mobile phone.

 

 

 

 

 

Effective: (Date) …………………………………………………………

Parent/Guardian Permission

I have read and understand the above information about the appropriate use of mobile phones and New Direction and I understand that this form will be kept at the school and that the details may be used (and shared with a third party, if necessary) to assist identify a phone should the need arise (e.g if lost, or if the phone is being used inappropriately).

I give my child permission to carry a mobile phone to school and understand that my child will be responsible for ensuring that the mobile phone is used appropriately and correctly while under the school’s supervision, as outlined in this document.

Approved by the Proprietor and key members of staff September 2014

 

Parent Name (Print):-             ……………………………………………………………………….

Parent Signature:-                   ……………………………………………………………………….

Date:-                                         ……………………………………………………………………….

 

Student Name (Print):-           ……………………………………………………………………….

Mobile Phone Number:-          ……………………………………………………………………….

Student Signature:-                  ……………………………………………………………………….

Date:-                                          ……………………………………………………………………….

 

Proprietor (Print):-                   ……………………………………………………………………….

Proprietor Signature:-              ……………………………………………………………………….

Date:-                                          ……………………………………………………………………….

 

If you have comments or suggestions, please contact the Proprietor

 

This Policy was updated September 2016 – Review Date September 2017