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Britain's most elite private school bans smartphones for entrants

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul10,2024

The most elite private school UK Bans Smartphones For Entrants

Eton College, perhaps Britain's most luxurious and elite boarding school, bans students from owning smartphones.

Located near the royal palace in Windsor, west of London, Eton is known for its academic excellence. Among the famous graduates – princes William and Harry, as well as novelist George Orwell, James Bond creator Ian Fleming and a long list of former prime ministers, including recent leaders Boris Johnson and David Cameron.

The ban, which is due to come into effect in September , was adopted after the UK Government issued guidance to support school principals who decided to ban the use of mobile phones during the school day to minimize disruption and improve behavior in the classroom.

Parents of first-year students at Eton, where tuition costs more than $60,000 a year, were informed of the changes in a letter which said 13-year-old students must take their smart devices home after their SIM cards were switched to offline Nokia phones will be provided by the school, but can only be used to make calls and send simple text messages.

Eton's previous smartphone policy required freshmen to turn in their devices at night.

«Eton regularly reviews its policy on the use of mobile phones and devices to balance the benefits and challenges that technology brings to schools,— a school official told CBS News.

He added that those entering college after 9th grade are essentially first-year students in high school. Such schoolchildren will “receive” a “brick” a phone for use outside the school day and a school-issued iPad to support academic learning.

According to Ofcom, the UK government communications regulator, 97% of children have their own mobile phone by the age of 12.

In the US, a recent survey published by Common Sense Media found that approximately 91% of children under the age of 14 own smartphones. Similar smartphone policies have been implemented in US schools, ranging from outright bans to limited use at certain times. According to the US Department of Education, about 76% of schools banned the use of smartphones for non-academic purposes in the 2021-2022 school year.

The bans have met with mixed reactions, as some students argue that these personal devices can also have academic benefits. programs, for example, allowing students to participate in surveys or access content and data during lessons. Some parents also worry that banning phone calls could prevent children from contacting them during potential emergencies.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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