Mobile Phone and Electronic Games Policy
This policy was drawn up in 2011 in response to technological advances which have seen a significant increase in hand held electronic ‘gadgets’ amongst the school population over recent years. It was reviewed in 2015.
The possession and use of mobile phones by school pupils is now extensive, even in the primary school sector.
Our core business of teaching and learning needs to be conducted in an environment free from unnecessary distractions or disruptions. Therefore the school strongly discourages the bringing of mobile phones to school by students.
In addition, they are a potential and real source of bullying and abuse through texting and the dissemination of unacceptable and inappropriate images
The school is prepared to allow mobile phones on the premises but only within the parameters of the policy as stated below.
Use of mobile phones (particularly with the advent of increasingly sophisticated equipment and camera phones) presents a number of problems, including:
Relationship to School Ethos
The unauthorized use of mobile phones and other electronic gadgets contravenes the provision of a safe and secure school environment conducive to learning, a provision which is central to the mission statement and ethos of St. Patrick’s NS.
Internal School Procedures
The following are the guidelines for mobile phone / electronic games usage in the school:
Mobile Phone Use by Children
Mobile Phone Use by Staff
Roles and Responsibilities
All staff, parents and pupils share in the co-ordination and implementation of this policy.
All staff, parents & pupils have a responsibility for appropriately using electronic gadgets & phones. Please read our Acceptable Use Policy and our Bullying Prevention policy in relation to this.
This policy is monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as new technology comes on stream.
This policy has been in place since June 2011 and was reviewed in November 2015. It will continue to be implemented following ratification.
On Behalf of the Board of Management