Minister Simon Harris has this week urged schools to adopt a “no phones at school” policy, such as one that has been implemented in Greystones.
Mr. Harris has stated that schools will need resources in order to implement the rule, which would see children being denied smart phones until they have completed their primary school education.
Writing to the Department of Education, Mr. Harris said “Greystones and Delgany have led the way. The eight schools, parents and the communities have come together to agree this initiative. I believe the results will be transformative for the children, their families and our local communities.
“I really believe most schools want to follow the same path but maybe don’t know where to start or how to do it. It is really important for the Government to step in and find resources to assist schools navigate this journey. Minister Foley has shown real commitment to this issue and I know this is something she will prioritise.
“The anxiety levels among our children can be driven and increased by smartphones and online activity. Most parents do not know what is happening online. Any attempt to assist and protect children and their parents is worth doing.”