Princes Hill Secondary College takes the safe and responsible use of digital technologies, student safety and wellbeing, and the development of social skills and positive behaviour, very seriously. The school acknowledges that we live in a technology-rich world where mobile phones are an important communication tool. Research has found that mobile phones can be disruptive in classrooms and open to misuse at school. The unregulated presence of mobile phones in classrooms can undermine students’ capacity to think, learn, remember, pay attention and regulate emotion.
There are ways smart devices (iPods, tablets, laptops, wearable devices etc.) may be used at school to assist learning and personal organisation including for educational, health and wellbeing purposes. This policy is intended to enable the regulated use by students of such smart devices in ways that promote learning and student safety, minimise classroom disruption and facilitate opportunities for students to communicate with each other face-to-face, or be involved in physical activity rather than being focused on a smart device, particularly when they are using it to engage with social media.
This policy applies to:
It is the clear policy of Princes Hill Secondary College that students not bring mobile phones to school unless there is a school approved, compelling reason to do so.
Mobile phones owned by students at Princes Hill Secondary College are considered valuable items and if brought to school it is at the owner’s risk. If students do bring such devices to school, Princes Hill Secondary College accepts no liability for loss or damage and students should always store them in a secure place. At Princes Hill Secondary College students are required to store their phones in their locker.
This policy aims to ensure mobile phones and other devices do not disrupt the learning environment or detrimentally affect the safety of students and staff.
At Princes Hill Secondary College:
When emergencies occur, parents or carers should reach their child by calling the school’s office.
In accordance with the Department’s Students Using Mobile Phones Policy issued by the Minister for Education, personal mobile phones must not be used at Princes Hill Secondary College during school hours, including lunchtime and recess, unless an exception has been granted.
Where a student has been granted an exception, the student must use their mobile phone for only the purpose for which the exception was granted, and in a safe, ethical and responsible manner.
Please note that Princes Hill Secondary College does not have accident insurance for accidental property damage or theft. Students and their parents/carers are encouraged to obtain appropriate insurance for valuable items.
Students who use their personal mobile phones inappropriately at Princes Hill Secondary College may be issued with consequences consistent with those outlined below or contained within the Bullying Prevention Policy.
At Princes Hill Secondary College it is not permitted to use smart devices during school hours, unless an exception has been granted as outlined below.
Appropriate disciplinary action consistent with the college Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy or VCAA rules will be taken against any student who:
Exceptions to the policy may only be granted by a principal if certain conditions are met and can only be granted by a principal in accordance with the Department’s Students Using Mobile Phones Policy. There are three categories of exceptions.
2. Health and Wellbeing Related Exceptions
3. Exceptions Related to Managing Risks When Students are Offsite
Exceptions are documented here for Learning Related and Health and Wellbeing Related Exceptions (staff access only), and in individual Compass Events for offsite activities where applicable.
This policy does not apply in certain circumstances and for particular items.
Princes Hill Secondary College will provide students and their parents and carers with information about items that can or cannot be brought to camps, excursions, special activities and events, including personal mobile phones.
This policy will be reviewed in Term 2, 2020 and subsequently every 3 years.
Mobile Phone - For the purpose of this policy, is a telephone with access to a cellular (telecommunication) system, with or without a physical connection to a network.
Smart Device - Any device that can access telecommunications and data (internet) services.
School Policy and Advisory Guide - Students Using Mobile Phones
DET Personal Goods Policy
Ban, Search and Seize Harmful Items
DET Personal Goods Policy
Bullying Prevention Policy
Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy