Life is busy and children and young people are often focused on their mobile phones and other technological devices. The recent decision in Victoria, Australia, to ban mobile phones for all students at state schools, reaffirms the importance of direct and unencumbered communication between people and indeed with our selves. Students will switch off their phones and store them in lockers from the start of the school day until the final bell. In case of emergencies, parents or guardians can reach their child by calling the school. Recreating an educational environment without the distraction of mobile phones, including lessening children’s exposure to cyber bullying, makes very good sense in child development terms.

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