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Mobile Phone and Electronic Games 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 Kilbrittain N.S.

Aims:

To ensure a “technology free” school environment
To lessen intrusions on and distractions to children’s learning

Internal School Procedures:

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

Children are not allowed to use of mobile phones/electronic games during school hours
Pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones or electronic games into school. In exceptional circumstances, such as when out of school activities and after school games are scheduled, school tours etc., children may be allowed carry a phone as parents may need to be contacted
Children who need to contact home during school hours may do so through the school secretary using the school landline phone
All electronic gadgets are banned, even during after school activities
Any pupil who brings a mobile phone or electronic game to school risks having it confiscated and not returned until the school day is over
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 staffs 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 has been in place since March 2014.




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