Govt survey reveals eight out of 10 primary schools have smartphones ban

Govt survey reveals eight out of 10 primary schools have smartphones ban

The Education Minister Richard Bruton says more than 80% of primary schools have a ban on smartphones.

It comes as the Government has launched an action plan for online safety that includes providing more training for teachers.

The plan also involves new criminal offences, a National Advisory Council for online safety and an information campaign on the issue.

Minister Bruton said the use of smartphones in schools is being considered under the plan.

He said: "What we know from survey work is that over 80% of primary schools now have a ban on smartphones and the remaining schools have restrictions of some sort.

"So schools aren't inactive in this area, but I think what schools would also tell you is that, unless they have the support of students and parents, introducing some sort of a top-down ban isn't effective."

- Digital Desk

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