School bans phones to counter cyber-bullying

The principal says students have become too absorbed by their phones.
The principal says students have become too absorbed by their phones. Photo credit: File

An Australian school has banned the use of mobile phones to encourage students to interact with each other more and stop cyber-bullying. 

The students of Pimpama State College on the Gold Coast, Queensland, will be able to pick up their phones after school finishes for the day, principal John Thornberry told 9 News. 

He said the rule has been enforced because students have become too absorbed by their phones and don't interact with each other enough. 

It's also thought to be a good way of counteracting cyber-bullying, Mr Thornberry said. 

He said there have been incidents during lunch time where students have texted "inappropriate or nasty" messages to each other. 

Other schools appear to be following Pimpama State College's example, with Gold Coast's Upper Coomera State College introducing a similar mobile phone ban, 9 News reports. 

Parents of children at the school are said to be supportive of the ban. 

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