Saturday 20 October 2018

We need to be smarter about smartphones

A blanket ban on mobiles in school would be unworkable and counter-productive, writes Luke Saunders

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Luke Saunders

The ever-present smartphone is the biggest single challenge facing the teaching profession and parents today when it comes to the education of children.

These devices are pervasive, distracting and, when used in a certain way, not conducive to learning.

As a teacher and parent, I've seen first-hand how potentially damaging they can be to teenagers and, occasionally, I yearn for a simpler time before emojis and WhatsApp notification beeps.

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