School mo­bile ban 'work­ing well'

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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.

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