Close up of schoolgirl using mobile phone in the classroom.
Close up of schoolgirl using mobile phone in the classroom.

Phones banned in primary schools

Mobile phones will be banned in primary schools across South Australia next year, under a new statewide policy.

High schools will be able to choose their own mobile phone policy, so long as it supports learning.

Education Minister John Gardner said the draft policy, which will be rolled out in government schools in 2021, would help students better "focus on their learning."

The ban will not include "bring your own devices" such as laptops and iPads used for classwork.

Students will still be allowed to use their phones and other personal devices when travelling to and from school to ensure their safety, but phones will be confiscated as soon as the children are on school grounds.

"We understand families may want their child to have a phone while travelling to and from school so they can contact them outside school hours," Mr Gardner said.

Should phones be banned in all primary schools?

This poll ended on 31 December 2020.

Current Results

Yes, they are too much of a distraction


No, what if parents need to reach their kids?


Depends on the age of the age


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"However, we believe that during school hours it is sensible for primary students to store their personal devices safely (away) so they can focus on learning.

"At secondary level, we understand there needs to be more flexibility for sites to develop their own policies that reflect the needs of the school community.

"We note that a rule that is appropriate for a 12-year-old student is not always relevant for an 18-year-old."

Currently, all public schools set their own rules.

Mr Gardner has published a draft for discussion, with the intention the policy will apply as soon as possible next year.

Originally published as Phones banned in primary schools