Banning mobile phones

I wonder if New Zealand will go down the path of banning cell phones in schools. Possibly a little bit futile, given that many schools have BYOD (not cellphones) policies in place and students can still communicate via a range of apps on these devices. One option being considered by a number of schools is setting up firewalls to limit access via school systems to designated social media and other sites. Again this will present challenges as students will either use their own data plans or more worryingly use proxy services. Having said that, setting expectations and backing it up with changes to web access send a fairly strong message… and on balance I am in favour of this.



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