This policy was drawn up in response to technological advances, which have seen a significant increase in hand held electronic devices amongst the school population over recent years. This policy was reviewed in 2018.
•IPads, mobile phones, Smart phones, Smart Watches etc. are intrusive and distracting in a school environment
•Strategies must be put in place to reduce the intrusiveness of unauthorised technology in a school situation
•Some electronic devices may be harmful due to frequent use
•Mobile phones/Smart phones /Smart Watches may be used to conduct bullying campaigns.
•Electronic devices may be used to visually or audibly record a pupil or teacher without their knowledge and this is a gross violation of privacy.
•Teaching staff cannot be held responsible for the security of these valuable items
Relationship to School Ethos:
The use of mobile phones, Smart Phones, Smart Watches and other electronic devices contravenes the provision of a safe and secure school environment and is not conducive to learning - a provision which is central to the mission statement and ethos of Kilfenora N.S.
•To maintain at all times, the safe and secure environment of Kilfenora N.S.
•To lessen intrusions on and distractions to children’s learning
Internal School Procedures:
•Children are not allowed to use mobile phones/electronic devices during school hours
•Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones or electronic devices into school. In exceptional circumstances, such as when out of school activities and after school games are scheduled, school tours etc., children may be allowed carry a phone as parents may need to be contacted
•Children who need to contact home during school hours may do so using the school landline phone
•The use of ‘Kindle’ or ‘I Pad’ as assistive reading technology for visually impaired students is permitted.
•Staff have access to the school landline if urgent calls need to be made to parents
•Classroom supervision is usually organised if a class teacher has to contact other professionals or outside agencies in relation to a particular child
Roles and Responsibilities:
All staff shares in the co-ordination and implementation of this policy.
This policy is monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as new technology comes on stream.
Reviewed and ratified in: 2018