Education / Schools

Students themselves realize that cell phone usage does not promote learning; 80% of students agreed that using a mobile phone in class decreases their ability to pay attention. {}

Most schools will have similar mobile phone policy as the one below

Where a student brings a mobile phone/digital device to school, the phone must be switched off and stored in their locked locker and may not be used for any purpose on the school premises or grounds. A student may not keep her phone on her person or in her school bag. Phones must never be brought to examinations and may only be brought to class under their teacher’s instruction.

Is this being implemented in schools?


Donal Morrissey, Director, Leinster Senior College, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

I am delighted to endorse ‘Phoneawaybox’ as a unique solution to an ever-growing problem with mobile phone use in schools. The introduction of ‘Phoneawaybox’ has resulted in less interruptions in the classroom and reduced conflict between teachers and students.

The ‘Phoneawaybox’ is conveniently and securely attached to each student’s locker and results have significantly improved. I am very proud that we are enabling students to take responsibility for their own learning by implementing the rule that all phones must be in their ‘Phoneawaybox’ during class time.

Saying ‘teaching and learning is priority’ is one thing but making sure the environment is conducive to learning is another and I feel ‘Phoneawaybox’ provides this. Our policy is balanced by allowing students to retrieve their phones during break times.

A very simple solution to an ever-increasing problem and one that respects all those involved in the educational process.