Mobile Phone Policy
Phones off while school's on
The State Government is banning mobile phones in all public high schools.
From the start of term 2, all students at Brighton Secondary School will be required to have their mobile phones and personal devices off and away for the whole school day, including break times.
The new Mobile Phone and Personal Device Policy has been introduced to support:
- safe environments with reduced negative impacts of inappropriate use of devices at school, such as cyberbullying, exposure to harmful content, and critical incidents that involve mobile phones
- classroom environments where teachers can teach, and students can learn, free from distractions caused by personal use of devices
- use of breaks as quality time away from screens, encouraging physical activity and play and meaningful face-to-face connections with peers.
Students are required to keep their personal devices, including mobile phones, off and away between the start and end of each school day and while attending authorised off site school activities (camps and excursions). This also includes after school sport and music commitments.
The policy includes:
- Mobile phones and smart phones
- Smart watches and other wearable devices that can send/or receive calls and messages and/or connect to an internet network
- Laptops, iPads, tablets etc that are not owned by the school and not part of our BYOD agreement
- Students can have access to a personal device while travelling to and from school
- Students can choose to keep their device at home or off and away in their locker
- Signing in/out – you can advise us of planned absences or appointments through email
- Canteen payments can be made by cash or card, or order on QKR app
- There will be replacement technology available for classroom activities (e.g iPads and cameras)
Where students use a personal device at school without an approved exemption, or use it inappropriately, a response will be provided in line with the school’s behaviour support policy.
|1 – positive, inclusive and respectful behaviour||Device is off and away||Positive reinforcement|
|2 – low level off task or non-compliant behaviour||Phone/device is out/used during school time||Device confiscated for the rest of the day. Student collects device from Front Office at the end of the day|
|3 – persistent low level or off-task behaviour||Second confiscation in the same term||Parents contacted to collect device from school|
|4 – challenging behaviour||More than two confiscations in a term||Year Level Leader will follow up with a response which may include suspension, behaviour contract, etc|
|5 – complex and unsafe behaviour||Refusal to follow instructions regarding mobile phones and personal devices||Parents contacted to take student home for the rest of the day, and re-entry conditions|
Students who bring their devices to school are expected to store them off and away in their personal locker. Lockers must be locked using the school supplied keypad lock/padlock, or their own padlock. The school takes no responsibility for personal devices brought to school.
Mobile phones and personal devices that have been confiscated during the school day will be stored in a named envelope inside a locked box in the Front Office.
Some individual students have extenuating reasons for needing access to their personal devices during school hours:
- The device is used to monitor or help manage a health condition.
- The device is a negotiated adjustment to a learning program for a student with a disability.
- The student has extenuating personal circumstance, e.g primary carer to a family member.
Parents and carers will need to contact the relevant Year Level Leader to discuss an exemption for their child.
Exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances as outlined above, and where there is no reasonable alternative, and need to be approved by the Principal or delegate. Students who have been granted an exemption can only use their personal device for the specific purpose for which the exemption was granted.
Exemptions, if approved, will be recorded on Daymap and a Personal Device Exemption Card will be issued to the student which must be carried at all times.
Year 7 Leader: Carly Brooks
Year 8 Leader: Lucy Burg
Year 9 Leader: Cambell Baker
Year 10 Leader: Jack Daly
Year 11 Leader: Claire Meatheringham
Year 12 Leader: Sol Naidu
What can you do?
Your support is essential to help us implement this policy.
In preparation for the start of term 2, we encourage you to help prepare your young person so that they can successfully follow the new policy.
- Work with your young person to understand and accept the policy
- Talk with your young person and decide if they will bring their device to school or leave it at home.
- Ensure they have a lock for their locker so that devices can securely be stored off and away during the school day.
- If appropriate, help them plan for canteen payments.
- If appropriate, organise a ‘non-smart’ watch.
- Review the school’s responses to non-compliance, to understand your role in this process.
- Save the absences email address in your contacts so you can notify the school of appointments, illness, etc firstname.lastname@example.org
- Log into Daymap and check that your contact details are up-to-date.
- Access our Clinical Psychologist’s resources provided about healthy use of mobile phones and social media: