Student use of devices

Purpose

This policy provides direction to students, staff and families about managing mobile phones and other digital devices that students choose to bring to school. Digital devices include, but are not limited to, smartwatches, tablets or laptops that are not part of a separate Bring Your Own Device arrangement. This policy applies while students are at school or attending an authorised school activity such as an excursion, during school hours.

Mobile phone use for primary school students

The department’s position is that primary aged students cannot use their mobile phones and personal devices at school during school hours. The department and the school recognise that there are legitimate reasons for students to bring a mobile phone or personal device to school. This may include:

• to ensure their safety while travelling
• so that parents can contact them outside of school hours.

During the school day students are not permitted to access or use their mobile phones or other personal devices. Students must switch off devices before storing them at the beginning of the school day. They will not be able to access their device until the end of the school day.

Storage of personal devices

Upon arrival at school, mobile phones or other personal devices are to be switched off and stored in students' bags until the end of the school day.

If preferred by parents/caregivers, mobile devices are able to be stored securely in the office. They must be delivered upon arrival at school and collected promptly at 3:05pm. Please provide a named zip lock bag for easy identification.

If the student does not comply

Misuse or non-compliance with storage requirements, including use between arrival on site and 3:05pm, may result in personal devices being collected by the teacher and taken to the office for collection by a parent/caregiver at the end of the day.

If it is not possible for a parent/caregiver to collect the device on the same day, students are able to collect devices and will be given a notice informing parents/caregivers that the device was collected and stored by the school. This notice is required to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to school the following day.

Misuse of personal devices may result in further disciplinary action which includes but is not limited to restricted access to the wireless network. The school may require mobile devices to be stored at the Front Office daily.

Roles and responsibilities

Principal
• Make sure:
o This policy is clearly communicated and accessible to all students, staff, and families
o There is a process for regular review of the policy
o Secure storage is provided for student personal devices that are handed in to school staff
o Processes are in place for monitoring internet and school network use by all members of the school community.
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• Report and respond to incidents of inappropriate use of personal devices in line with department policy and procedures and any legislative requirements.
• Consider requests for exemptions from the policy from parents on a case-by-case basis. Make sure that approved exemptions are documented, and that relevant staff are informed about students’ exemptions.
• Model appropriate use of mobile phones and support families to understand the importance of promoting safe, responsible and respectful use of mobile phones to their children.

School staff
• Deliver learning opportunities and maintain a safe and productive learning environment. Take steps to minimise distractions from the non-educational use of personal devices in the learning environment at times when a device is being used by a student in line with an approved exemption or in circumstances where students’ devices are stored in the classroom.
• Respond to instances of non-compliance in line with the school’s policy.
• Report and respond to incidents of inappropriate use of personal devices in line with department policy
and procedures and any legislative requirements.
• Make sure that any student personal devices handed in for their care are stored in a secure location and are returned to the student (or their parent).
• Model appropriate use of mobile phones and support families to understand the importance of promoting safe, responsible and respectful use of mobile phones to their children.

Students
• Comply with the requirements of the school’s policy and follow all reasonable directions from the Principal and school staff.
• If permitted to use a mobile phone or personal device in line with an exemption under this policy, do so in a safe, responsible and respectful way and support peers to do the same.
• Communicate respectfully with others and do not use a mobile phone or other personal device to bully, harass or threaten another person.
• Respect others’ rights to privacy and do not take photos, film or audio records of other people without their knowledge or permission.

Parents
• Support the implementation of the school’s policy, including the consequences for non-compliance with the policy.
• Use the school’s formal communication channels in all instances to communicate with the school (including where a student requires early collection from school). Encourage their child to always report to a school staff member in the first instance if they become unwell or experience an issue at school.
• Recognise the important role they play in supporting their child to use their mobile phone (or other personal device) in a safe, responsible and respectful way.

Communication and review

• Decisions regarding storage of devices and consequences for non-compliance have been made in consultation with Governing Council.
• This policy is available on the school website and at the Front Office. To ensure that parents/caregivers and students are aware of this policy, it will be advertised on the News Blog and shared by class teachers.
• This policy will be reviewed February 2022

Supporting information

This policy should be read in conjunction with the ‘BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program Agreement’ and ‘Student Code of Conduct for the Acceptable Use of the Internet and School Network.