Most parents agree mobile phone use in children must be closely monitored, especially during school hours.
In fact, a growing number of Australian schools have banned students from using mobile phones for educational purposes.
Controversy over the new mobile phone policy has come to light after a mum complained on Twitter about a US school policy allowing officials to read students’ text messages, even if they are sent outside of school hours.
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Dr Rachael French, who according to her Twitter bio is the chair of biology at San Jose State University in California, raised the alarm in a tweet over the weekend.
Describing himself as a “Social Justice Wanderer,” he wrote, “My daughter’s school released a new cell phone plan that says, ‘Teachers can read messages between students, even if the text occurs outside of school hours.'” Nopity nope nope.
It received nearly 55,000 comments and close to 10,000 responses. There were many activities in favor of the school.
One wrote, “As someone who works in a school, this happens because of a report of cyberbullying, harassment or a person posting or sending defamatory pictures of another student without their permission. Everyone is not OK until it’s a child who is the target. It will happen especially. After school hours.”
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Another said, “Most of all school fights, drama, bullying online, after school. What are your suggestions on how schools deal with this? Honest question.”
“It seems reasonable to protect your daughter from bullying. Another way is to not allow phones in school at all,” said another.
but many disagreed. “No way. Invasion of privacy. Parents have the ability to monitor phones. The school doesn’t. As much as there are no phones in the school, not at all. Unfortunately, our kids need a phone. Just in case,” said one.
Dr. French responded to some of the comments by writing, “Me to my daughter: “My board is personal property. If anyone asks to read your texts, tell me to call them and ask them.”
“People, if a child is being cyberbullied and someone tells them to kill themselves, the utility makes sure the child is safe, not immediately left with who to punish,” he wrote.
“Also, not many children are really real people, huh?”
“Whether something is legal is different from being honest or moral. And things can become more embarrassing when they become public even if they are.”
In a further comment on Twitter, Dr. French said she has received many requests for media interviews but “I don’t want to go out at my daughter’s school and maybe make her life more complicated.”
It came after several months Sydney started a mum petition requesting that cell phones be kept in school bags during recess and lunch.
Rachel started the chapel change.org We are asking the NSW government to urge the Department of Education to come up with a “consistent policy” on mobile phone use in NSW public schools.
He wrote, “Mobile phone use for kids is a perennial issue that parents struggle with every day. But if there’s one place smartphones shouldn’t be allowed, it’s in school.
“Sure, allow your children to take their phones to school in case parents need to take a touch for transportation arrangements or special needs… but to keep them in purses or lockers. Don’t use them during recess and lunch, when the kids are socializing, playing and being active they must be
“High schools across NSW have inconsistent access to mobile phone use in school by students. Some allow it, some don’t.
“We are proposing that there be a policy from the NSW Department of Education that restricts the use of smartphones in school during recess and lunchtimes, and that this is enforced across all secondary schools.”
Chapel, who is the founder and editor of the Sydney parenting website North Shore Mums, acted after a post on the group’s Facebook page from the mother of a 12½-year-old boy who wasn’t enjoying high school because everyone was on their phones at lunchtime. .
The petition has so far gathered almost 25,000 signatures.
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