Mobile Phone/Electronic Games Policy

Scoil Naomh Pádraig


Mobile Phone/Electronic Games



Introductory Statement


This policy was drawn up in response to technological advances which have seen a significant increase in hand held electronic ‘gadgets’ amongst the school population over recent years.




  • Mobile phones, I Pods, Game Boys, PSP’s, MP3’s etc. can be intrusive and distracting in a school environment.
  • Strategies must be put in place to reduce the intrusiveness of unauthorised technology in a school situation.
  • Some electronic devices may be harmful due to frequent use.
  • Mobile phones may be used to conduct bullying campaigns.



Relationship to School Ethos


The use of mobile phones and other electronic games contravenes the provision of a safe and secure school environment condusive of learning, a provision which is central to the mission statement and ethos of Scoil Naomh Pádraig.




  • To ensure our school environment is free of personal electronic devices.
  • To lessen intrusions on and distractions to children’s learning.



Internal School Procedures


The following are the guidelines for mobile phones/electronic games usage in the school:


  1. Children are not allowed the use of mobile phones/electronic games during school hours.


  1. Pupils are not allowed bring mobile phones or games into school. In exceptional circumstance such as when out of school activities and after school games are scheduled, school tours etc., children may be allowed carry a phone as parents may need to be contacted. The school will not accept responsibility for loss or damage to the pupils personal mobile phones during such activities.


  1. Children who need to contact home during school hours may do so through the school office using the school landline phone.


  1. All electronic gadgets are banned, even during after school activities.


  1. Any pupil who brings a mobile phone or electronic game to school risks having it confiscated and not returned until the school day is over.



  1. Staff  have access to the school landline if urgent calls need to be made to parents.


  1. Classroom supervision is organised if a class teacher has to contact other professionals or outside agencies in relation to a particular child.



  1. Staff personal calls are to be confined to break times.


  1. Staffs are permitted mobile phones in case of emergency.


  1. No person can log on to the school’s Wi-Fi network with a mobile device, without prior permission of the principal.



Roles and Responsibilities


All staff share in the co-ordination and implementation of this policy.





This policy is monitored on an ongoing basis and amendments added as new technology comes on stream.





This policy has been in place since October 2006.





This policy was adopted by B.O.M on ___________ it will be reviewed regularly and amended if necessary.



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