Just when children and early teens need more private contact with their parents, one school plans to give them less…
Surrey boarding school BANS mobile phones
A Surrey boarding school has banned the use of mobile phones for year 9 and 10 pupils.
Cranleigh School is said to be the first in the UK to prohibit the use of the device for its first two year groups.
The co-educational school in Surrey, educates pupils from age 13 to 18.
Staff claims that the move has proved popular with parents and pupils alike.
Deputy Head (Pastoral) Dr Andrea Saxel says: “We were already on the stricter end of smartphone use but this academic year we have decided to limit use in those two-year groups completely.
“Pupils have plenty of opportunity to contact home via private landlines and e-mail. [Not the same as being able to call or message their parents in private on their own phones without boarding schools monitoring their telephone calls and email messages.]
“There is extremely compelling evidence to show that constant access to social media sites is damaging to children’s self-esteem and mental health. [There is also compelling evidence of damage to children’s self-esteem and mental health from Boarding School Syndrome and other abuse at boarding school.]