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That sounds like a wonderful initiative! Phones are such a distraction to learning and an interruption to social interaction but are of course like a third hand for young people and can’t be just cut off! This seems like a great way to manage phones in school whilst giving young people some autonomy too and respecting their right to own a phone, carry it to/from school, etc. It also puts parents’ minds at ease as their young person is contactable while commuting but not breaking rules by having a phone at school. I love it! Well done on initiating ‘Phoneawaybox’ in your school 👏🏻 and best of luck with it.
Deirdre Fitzpatrick O’Reilly,
Author of the book Surfing the Waves of Stress, Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher
This is a fantastic idea. Every house should have them too. I am a firm believer that our smart phones have the biggest negative impact on our mental health and well-being. They cause information overload, reduce mental focus and don’t get me started on social media. I think you got the nail on the head with self discipline. That’s a important ingredient in every one’s life. It’s just to find the right balance with the phones and Phoneawaybox provides this.
Carmel O Sullivan
Lead Facilitator at School Leadership & Communications Clinic
As a former principal I can see immense practical value in this simple solution – www.phoneawaybox.com – Finally a very user-friendly system of student phone management for schools. Timely product by Karl Hegarty 👌
Dr Harry Barry – GP and author of “Anxiety and Panic and Emotional Resilience”
I have long advocated that the so-called ‘smartphone’ is actually adding greatly to these mental health issues. It is a weapon amongst other things of ‘mass distraction’!
I was therefore excited by this new initiative taken up by Principal Karl Hegarty and Gerry Ryan of Leinster Senior School. This is freeing up both the mind of the student and making life easier for their teachers.
Well done Karl and Gerry, it is my hope that this might become a policy in schools around the country’.