Permit use of phones in high Schools WA

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Lachlan James started this petition to Education and

The high school phone ban in WA. Was a campaign launched by Premiere Mark McGowan and The Education and Training Minister to ban the use of mobile phones in all Public High schools. The campaign Launched a new off and away all day policy. This means that mobile phones, smart watches, earbuds, tablets and headphones will be restricted in Public High Schools. Smart watches must be on aeroplane mode so you can only see the time Earbuds must be away or out of sight and phones, tablets, laptop and other devices should be off and away. This includes, recess and lunch or whenever you are in school property. They say the phone ban will resolve problems such as cyber bullying and socialising and that there is proof of this strategy working. However, they haven't given any real reasoning or proof to what there claiming is a problem. The other issue, was cyber bullying which the phone ban couldn't help anyway as most cyber bullying cases happen at home but involve school which they have no way of preventing. If, the real issue then is socialising, then why are books not banned. I know, it sounds ridiculous and i'm a passionate reader but reading a book for pleasure is just as anti social as going on your phone for personal use. Other problems with this policy is that banning something doesn't make it go away, but, merely makes it go underground. This has been proven in society many times, Such as the Marijuana law launched first in Jamaica in 1913 which just forced it underground in all countries that made it illegal. The same thing will happen with mobile phones and places like the lavatories will be used primarily for phone use. After reading this please put your opinion down after what you concluded.

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