An Australian high school is experimenting with a new policy that bans phones from the classroom and restricts Wi-Fi access, to help limit distractions and cut down on cyberbullying.
The principal of New Town High in Hobart, Australia, David Kilpatrick, claimed the policy is working and producing positive results since being implemented at the beginning of the school year, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (RELATED: CNN Devotes Entire Segment To Trump’s Personal Cellphone Use)
Kirkpatrick said students were becoming uninterested in classroom curriculum and instances of cyberbullying were becoming common.
“The phones were actually distracting learning and making it difficult for kids to achieve the outcomes of the Australian curriculum,” he told ABC.
New Town High also blocked all social media from the school’s Wi-Fi, forcing students to use their own data to access certain sites and applications, according to ABC.
Kilpatrick said students began thanking him for enacting the new policy, only two weeks after it was implemented.
“The remarkable thing for me is many of the students, in about week two or week three [of the new policy], came up to me and said ‘Thank you for doing this Mr Kilpatrick,’” he said.
When asked about their child’s level of responsibility when using their devices, 72 percent of parents polled said cellphones pose too much of a distraction to their children. Seventy-one percent were concerned about their child spending too much time on their devices.
The Nielsen report polled 4,646 parents 18 years or older, with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.
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