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It is the School's position that we believe that in many cases there is not a genuine need for students to bring mobile phones to School. We recognise that they may be beneficial in a small number of cases, and because of this, the following policy has been developed so that School administrators, teachers, students, and parents will take steps to ensure that mobile phones are used responsibly. This Acceptable Use Policy is designed to ensure that potential issues (such as mobile etiquette) can be clearly identified and addressed, ensuring the benefits that mobile phones provide (such as increased safety) can continue to be enjoyed by our students.The School has established the following Acceptable Use Policy for mobile phones that provides teachers, students and parents guidelines and instructions for the appropriate use of mobile phones during school hours.
In order for students to carry a mobile phone during school hours, students and their parents or guardians must read, understand and agree to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy.
The Acceptable Use Policy for mobile phones also applies to all School activities: be they school excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities.
Personal safety and security
Nowra Christian School accepts that some parents may choose to give their children mobile phones to protect them from everyday risks involving personal security and safety. There is also ever-increasing concern about children travelling alone on public transport or commuting long distances to school. It is acknowledged that providing a child with a mobile phone might give parents reassurance that they can speak with their child quickly after school hours should the need arise. Of course, should their be an emergency during School hours, contact must be made via the School Office (4422 1199) so that the student can be properly informed of the situation, safe and appropriate arrangements and proper pastoral care can be given. It is neither wise nor appropriate to inform children and young people of emergency situations via a text message or a mobile call during School hours.
Young people and mobile phones
The scientific evidence does not indicate the need for special precautions for either adults or children in the use of mobile phones. This view is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other leading experts and health authorities internationally.
Mobile phones sold in Australia are required to comply with the Australian Communication Authority's Electromagnetic Energy (EME) safety standard, which is for all people, including children. The safety margins on national and international guidelines are significant and already take into account any differences in exposure that could be experienced by children due to conductivity and head size.
It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones onto school premises to adhere to the guidelines outlined in this document.
The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or guardians.
Parents should be aware if their child takes a mobile phone onto school premises.
Permission to have a mobile phone at school/while under the school's supervision is contingent upon parent/guardian permission in the form of a signed copy of this policy. Parents/guardians may revoke approval at any time.
An outline of Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses
Mobile phones are to be switched off whilst on the School Property between the hours of 7.45am and 3.00pm. They should also be off when the student is attending any School activity such as a concert, excursion and the like.
Parents are reminded that in cases of emergency, the School Office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached quickly, and assisted in any appropriate way.
While on school premises between the hours of 7.45am and 3.00pm, students are not to use the phone in any way. This includes using camera features, mp3 features, text messaging, charging and the like. Leaving the 'phone on silent and using vibration alert is not an acceptable alternative. Permission to have a phone at School is on the basis of possible emergency on the way to and from School only, and its use is therefore limited to this reason.
There is no need for the camera phone feature to be used at school. Should a student use this feature outside the hours noted in this policy, they must ensure that photos taken or displayed are not to be offensive in any way.
There may be special circumstances (eg excursions) where a student may use their phone to arrange pick up etc. On these occasions, specific permission including when to ring, who to ring, and the purpose of the call must be given by a teacher before the phone is even switched on.
As students comply with these rules, no phone will disrupt classroom lessons by ringing or beeping.
Theft or damage
Students are required to mark all their mobile phone clearly with their names.
Students who bring a mobile phone onto school premises should leave it locked away in their locker/bag as soon as they arrive. In order to reduce the risk of theft during school hours, students who carry mobile phones are advised to keep them well concealed and not 'advertise' they have them.
Mobile phones which are found in the school and whose owner cannot be located should be handed to front office.
The school accepts no responsibility for replacing lost, stolen or damaged mobile phones.
The school accepts no responsibility for students who lose or have their mobile phones stolen while travelling to and from school.
It is strongly advised that students use passwords/pin numbers to ensure that unauthorised phone calls cannot be made on their phones (eg by other students, or if stolen). Students must keep their password/pin numbers confidential. Mobile phones and/or passwords may not be shared.
The School has a duty of care to students that can extend beyond the School's boundaries. Should a student or parents complain of cyber-bullying and or harassment/offensive calls or messages, any data the school has that could lead to identification of the source of such calls may be handed over to the authorities. It should be noted that it is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person.
Students who breech any of the above guidelines may anticipate any of a range of possible consequences, as determined by the School. These include, but are not limited to:
Confiscation of phone for a period determined by the School;
Confiscation of phone until collected by a parent;
Withdrawal of permission to have phone at school;
Placement on a level (this would occur if a student persistently ignored the rules and teacher's directions, and would actually be a level for refusal to follow School Rules)
Involvement of Police.
Nowra Christian School
Student use of Mobile Phones
I have read and understand the above information about appropriate use of mobile phones at Nowra Christian School and I understand that this form will be kept on file at the school and that the details may be used (and shared with a third party, if necessary) to assist identify a phone should the need arise (eg if lost, or if the phone is being used inappropriately).
I give my child permission to carry a mobile phone to school and understand that my child will be responsible for ensuring that the mobile phone is used appropriately and correctly while under the school's supervision, as outlined in this document.
I further undertake to inform the School should my child's mobile phone number change.
Parent name (print) ___________________
Parent signature _____________________
Student name (print) ______________________
Student's mobile phone number _______________________
Student signature _____________________________________