Mobile Phone and Electronic Devices Policy

Mobile Phone and Electronic Devices Policy

 

April 2019

 

 

Introductory Statement:

This policy was drawn up in response to technological advances, which have seen a significant increase in hand-held electronic ‘gadgets’ amongst the school population over recent years.

 

Rationale:

 

  • iPods, mobile phones, tablets, Game Boys, PSPs, MP3s, smart watches etc. are intrusive and distracting in a school environment
  • Strategies must be put in place to reduce the intrusiveness of unauthorised technology in a school situation
  • Some electronic devices may be harmful due to frequent use
  • Mobile phones may be used to conduct bullying campaigns
  • Use of cameras (on mobile phones, smart watches or tablets) within the school environment have implications for Child Protection and GDPR

 

Relationship to School Ethos:

The use of mobile phones, smart watches and other electronic games / tablets contravenes the provision of a safe and secure school environment and is not conducive to learning - a provision which is central to the mission statement and ethos of Bunscoil Bhríde.

 

Aim:

 

  • To lessen intrusions on and distractions to children’s learning
  • To ensure the safety and privacy of all individuals at school

 

Internal School Procedures:

The following are the guidelines for mobile phone/tablet/smart watch/electronic games usage in the school:

 

  • Pupils are not allowed to bring electronic games, tablets, smart watches or mobile phones into school under any circumstances
  • Children who need to contact home during school hours may do so through the school secretary using the school landline phone
  • Any pupil who brings an electronic game, mobile phone, smart watch or tablet to school risks having it confiscated. It will be necessary for a parent to come in to school to collect the confiscated item.
  • Staff have access to the school landline if urgent calls need to be made to parents
  • Classroom supervision is usually organised if a class teacher has to contact other professionals or outside agencies in relation to a particular child
  • Staff personal calls are normally confined to break times
  • Staff are permitted mobile phone usage only in cases of emergency

 

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

All staff share in the co-ordination and implementation of this policy.

 

Evaluation:

This policy is monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as new technology comes on stream.

 

Implementation:

This policy was devised and adopted by the Board of Management in 2013. It was reviewed in 2016 and in 2019

                                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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