School mobile ban 'working well'
News Staff Reporter A HIGH school in Jávea banned mobile phones six months ago, and says it has never looked back.
“Students interact with each other more and the playground is much noisier, which is as it should be, says headmistress of the town's Secondary School Number 1, Àngela Boronat.
“They've learnt to socialise more without being able to fall back on their small screens for entertainment.”
Between late March and the end of term, teachers confiscated 56 mobiles, but since school started back this month, they have not needed to take any off pupils, Sra Boronat says.
The ban was sparked by a high number of phones being stolen and pupils taking photos and videos of their classmates without their permission, sometimes posting them on Facebook or sending them to all their contacts via WhatsApp.
According to the headmistress, they would 'even WhatsApp each other when they were just a few metres apart'.
Parents have championed the move, even though confiscated phones can only be collected by adult family members and only on Tuesdays and Fridays, meaning children could be left without their mobiles for up to three days.
In fact, some parents left it even longer to collect them to keep their kids off the phone for more time, Sra Boronat says.