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NAHT responds to suggestion that smartphones should be banned from the classroom

Sarah Hannafin, senior policy advisor for school leaders' union NAHT, gave evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee during its inquiry into the impact of social media and screen use on young people’s health, and said:

"Mobile phone bans certainly work for some schools but there isn’t one policy that will work for all schools. Outright banning mobile phones can cause more problems than it solves, driving phone use ‘underground’ and making problems less visible and obvious for schools to tackle. Ultimately, schools work to prepare young people for the outside world, giving them the awareness and strategies to responsibly monitor their own screen use and the ability to identify and deal with any negative impacts or problematic content they encounter."

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