Lur­ing stu­dents off mo­bile phones

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

SCHOOL lead­ers at Swan Chris­tian Col­lege are try­ing out ideas to en­cour­age more face- to- face in­ter­ac­tion at break time and less vir­tual play.

School lead­ers have put to­gether a pro­gram of com­pe­ti­tions and games to lure stu­dents away from their mo­bile phones and other screen de­vices dur­ing down­time.

Prin­ci­pal Adrian Scott said re­search showed stu­dents who en­gaged with one an­other at break time re­duced bul­ly­ing at school.

He said while there was no plan to ban mo­bile phones at the Mid­dle Swan school, teach­ers agreed to take a harder line on mis­use of screens.

Stu­dents are not per­mit­ted to use mo­bile phones dur­ing les­son time.

“We are try­ing to be re­al­is­tic and ed­u­cate our stu­dents about screen time and the amount of time spent on mo­bile phones, and we’ve had a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from par­ents,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d478926

Stu­dent lead­ers Zachary Ar­blaster, Kait­lyn Mackie and An­neke de Boer en­joy­ing a game of chess in­stead of us­ing mo­bile phones.

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