Have your say: Mobile phones in schools

To ban or not ban mobile phones in schools - the debate continues

Mobile Phone LearningBack in June, Amanda Spielman, Ofsted Chief Inspector, supported schools who ban mobile phones, stating that their use in the classroom was "dubious" and that technology was to blame for "low-level disruption". This appeared to be supported by an LSE study which indicated that the banning of smartphones in schools boosted results. You can read more in our previous blog.

These comments and findings would suggest that a ban would be a positive action, although this is only seemingly supported in principle by the DfE.

In a recent speech at the Confederation of Schools Trusts conference, Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, made reference to the recent ban in France. In his speech he stated that he believes "that kids in schools should not be on their phones", adding "I strongly support schools that ban phones. But when people asked me if I was going to follow the example of France and impose a national ban – I said no".

This leaves schools with the option to make the decision based on their own school experiences.

As reported in the Telegraph recently, schools are taking a number of different actions, from banning phones from school premises, having children hand in phones on arrival at school, "invisibility" polices and so on, supported by acceptable usage polices from both the students and parents.

However, taking a different approach is as school in Folkestone. Just last week, Kent Online reported that Folkestone School for Girls is not banning phones as they find them to be "valuable learning resources". The headteacher added "We do not have an endless list of dos and don'ts and trust and respect our girls to make informed and intelligent decisions about their own behaviour"


Have your say: Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

Do you think a ban would be beneficial in your school, or do you think that allowing children to have them in school can be useful for learning? Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts and experiences, or simply answer the question, should mobile phones be banned in schools.

You can now also take part on our mobile phone survey - all responses are anonymous. Click here to complete the short questionnaire

Written by Safeguarding Essentials on November 09, 2018 09:57

Terror coverage makes young people anxious

New report reveals what kids think about war and terrorism


BBC News CoverageA new report reveals how much children worry about war and terrorism and why – and if they don’t worry why not? It also looks at what solutions children have for making the world a safer place to grow up in.

The CHILDWISE What Kids Think About…War and Terrorism report interviewed a representative sample of 1,557 children aged between 7 and 16.

“This report takes a step back and allows children and teenagers’ words to speak for themselves, in turn allowing us to understand their thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the subject of war and terrorism,” says Dr Helena Dare Edwards, CHILDWISE researcher.

“It’s not often that adults hear what kids think about subjects like war and terrorism. But these matters affect them so they have a right to a voice,” says Helena.

As reported by the BBC, the report claims that "Media coverage of terror attacks and extremism can leave young people anxious and with an exaggerated fear of becoming victims", adding that "terrorism was seen as a bigger worry than issues such as bullying, racism, cruelty to children or worries about getting a job."

Dr Reza Gholami, a leading academic in this area and a senior lecturer in sociology of education at the University of Birmingham, wrote an independent foreword to the report. “The findings should act as a wake-up call,” he says.

“This report by CHILDWISE has immediate and long-term value to policy makers, the public sector, including educators, third sector and civil society organisations and, of course, the general public,” adds Dr Gholami.

Previous research by CHILDWISE has shown war and terrorism are top concerns among children. This latest report expands on this finding.

“The focus of the report rests on children’s own words, with their responses complemented by analysis and interpretive commentary to illustrate difference across age and gender and to highlight both majority and minority viewpoints and everything in between,” says Helena Dare Edwards.



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Written by Safeguarding Essentials on October 11, 2018 11:02

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

Young people and mental health in a changing world


WMHD LogoOn October 10th, people around the world will be taking part in the annual World Mental Health Day, drawing attention to the importance of mental well-being.

Organised by the World Federation for Mental Health since 1992 and supported by many of the national and international charities, this year the theme will focus on young people and mental health, highlighting the additional stresses faced by today’s youth that can lead to mental health issues.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, around 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems including depressions and anxiety. However, they report a more worrying figure in that 70% of those young people have not received help at a sufficiently early age.

UK charity Young Minds report that half of mental health problems are evident by the age of 14, reaching 75% by the age of 24 – this goes to reinforce the importance of early intervention wherever possible.

WFMH President, Professor Alberto Trimboli adds: “This year, World Mental Health Day will talk about the issues facing young people and cover a small portion of the great research, stories, ideas and programs out there to help the next generations be strong and resilient in the face of hardship, life changes, discrimination and destruction. This information is only the beginning – there is an abundance of great information, organizations and advocates out there fighting for the wellbeing of young people

We ask that you join the 2018 World Mental Health Day campaign and help us create a larger audience, a greater impact and a unified voice for global mental health!”

The key topics being addressed, particularly focusing on young people, in the activities supporting World Mental Health Day this year include:

  • Bullying and cyber bullying
  • The effects of trauma
  • Major illnesses
  • Suicide
  • Gender identity
  • Ultimately the goal of WMHD is to look for a way forward: “We all know that a young person with support, stability and the information will usually lead to a positive, healthy adult. So, how do we make sure our young people have all the skills and support they need to achieve that? Early interventions, prevention, resilience support and programs to educate young people and the world around them. Following are just a few examples of ways we can help create an environment that leads to resilience and happiness.”

    For more information about the campaign, visit the World Foundation for Mental Health website



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    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on October 04, 2018 12:24


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