ELECTRONICS & MOBILEPHONE POLICY

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, Game Boys, PSP’s, MP3’s 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

 

Relationship to School Ethos:

The use of mobile phones and other electronic games 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 Derryquay National School.

 

Aims:

 

  • To lessen intrusions on and distractions to children’s learning

  • To prevent cyberbullying

  • To avoid the distress caused by the loss or damage of valuable items

 

Internal School Procedures:

The following are the guidelines for mobile phone/electronic games usage in the school;

 

  • Children are not allowed to use mobile phones/electronic games during school hours

  • Pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones or electronic devices into school.

  • Pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones or any devices capable of connecting to the internet to any school related activities. 

  • In exceptional circumstances, where parents may need to be contacted, the Principal may give permission to bring phones on a school trip.

  • Children who need to contact home during school hours may do so using the school landline phone

  • All electronic games are banned during school hours.

  • Any pupil who brings a mobile phone or electronic device to school risks having it confiscated and not returned until the school day is over

  • Staff personal calls are normally confined to break times

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 will be implemented from June 2017

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