Mobile Devices in Schools: Is Banning Connected Devices the Key?

The New South Wales Education Department will look to a French schoolyard ban on connected devices as it considers age restrictions­ on smart phones, iPads and even digital watches in the classroom, as part of a landmark review. But, despite incidences of distraction in the classroom, social isolation and cyber bullying, experts have said that mobile phones can also play a part in supporting the digital literacy of students in schools, not to mention their health and welfare outside the classroom.

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Cyber Bullying in Schools Costs Teachers $85 Million in Lost Productivity

After the tragic suicide of Amy “Dolly” Everett at the start of January this year as a result of cyber bullying, the states and territories in Australia have reinforced the message from COAG that bullying on any medium has no place in Australia, and can be especially harmful to children and young people.

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Tragic student death prompts Senate inquiry into the adequacy of cyber bullying laws

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (the Committee) is holding a public inquiry into the effectiveness of existing cyber bullying laws. The Committee is currently accepting submissions from the public on its terms of reference until 13 October 2017 and will report its findings by 29 November 2017.

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Federal Govt plans to introduce cyber-bullying watchdog

The Federal Coalition Government has signalled its plans to introduce a new independent statutory authority in addition to laws that could force harmful content to be removed quickly from social media sites, along with the introduction of a “simplified” cyber-bullying offence. The Government this week released a discussion paper, echoing its pre-election policy, which proposes […]

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