‘I would crank up the restrictions’: teachers on banning phones in school

  • July 25, 2023
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While many acknowledge they can have benefits for learning, the effect on pupils’ behaviour and attention spans mean others favour a full ban

Unesco calls for global ban on smartphones in schoolsAnalysis: distraction and cyberbullying are key concerns

A UN report has suggested smartphones should be banned in schools globally to protect children’s mental health and improve learning. In many schools, smartphones are not allowed to be used during lessons and should be turned off but can be used for emergencies.

Here, five teachers share their experiences on smartphone use in schools and how banning them affects teaching and learning.

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