Friday, August 30

Wicklow primary school bans the use of smartphones.

A primary school in Wicklow has banned the use of smartphones on their grounds. St Cronan's in Bray said they carried out a survey in June with parents who voted overwhelmingly in favor of banning smartphones. More than 91% of parents voted in favor of the ban. The school said that basic mobile phones are allowed but they must be switched off at all times in the school.We reopen tomorrow, Thursday 29th Aug at 8.40am. We hope that the boys have had a good holiday and are ready for the new year. A reminder to parents to label EVERYTHING with your child's name. Please also note that smartphones are no longer permitted in St. Cronan's following a survey in June where 91.2% of parents voted for a ban on smartphones. Basic mobile phones for calls and texts are allowed but must be switched off at all times in school. A number of reports over the past five years have linked smartphone use to increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide. While in the classroom, the presence and use of smartphones have been found to result in lower productivity, grades, and overall performance. France has recently introduced a ban on smartphones in schools for children under 15s and other countries are debating similar legislation.

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