Should mobile phones be banned in schools? We asked five experts

Article in The Conversation, in which CREDS members were interviewed as part of an expert group.

We should teach students how to use technology appropriately, rather than banning it. Shutterstock

Sophie Heizer, The Conversation

NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes has ordered a review into phone use in schools. He said the review would look at the risks and rewards of social media. The review will ultimately decide whether to ban mobile phones in NSW schools.

Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg also recently said he believed mobile phone-related distraction is a main reason for Australia sliding down in PISA rankings.

Parents and teachers have similar concerns about cyberbullying and safety, as well as technology distracting from schoolwork. But do the benefits of having phones in classrooms (such as contact with parents, access to mental health text lines, and learning opportunities) outweigh the risks?

We asked five experts if schools should ban mobile phones in classrooms.

Four out of five experts said no


Here are their detailed responses:

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Disclosures: Matthew Kearney receives funding from the ARC and Erasmus+.The Conversation

Sophie Heizer, Commissioning Editor, Education, The Conversation

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Damian Maher
Damian Maher

Dr Damian Maher is a senior lecturer in the School of International Studies and Education.

Matthew Kearney
Matthew Kearney

Matthew Kearney is a Professor in Educational Technology in the School of International Studies and Education.