Mobile Phone Use

Wixams Academy recognises that hand held technology such as mobile phones and tablets play an increasingly important part in our daily lives. These devices enrich and enable our ability to communicate with each other and can prove to be invaluable educational resources. However, there is potential for misuse, and they can become an instrument of bullying directed towards staff and students.

Student Policy

  • It is the responsibility of students who bring mobile phones in to the Academy to abide by the guidelines.
  • The decision to provide a mobile phone to their children should be made by parents or carers. It is incumbent upon parents to understand the capabilities of the phone and the potential use/misuse of those capabilities.
  • Parents/carers should be aware that if their child takes a mobile phone to the Academy it is assumed household insurance will provide the required cover in the event of loss or damage.
  • The Academy cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or costs incurred due to its use.
  • Parents/carers are reminded that in cases of emergency, the main office remains a vital and appropriate point of contact and can ensure your child is reached in a relevant and appropriate way.
  • Parents/carers are requested that in cases of emergency they contact the Academy first so we are aware of any potential issue and may make any necessary arrangements.

Students should:

  • Only use their mobile phone at break and lunch times.
  • Only use their mobile phone in the designated areas: LRC, Dining Hall (after 1.00pm) and social area.
  • Ensure their mobiles are switched off/on silent and kept out of sight during classroom lessons and while moving between lessons.
  • Not use their mobile phone to ring outside the school premises unless agreed with a member of staff.
  • Not use their mobile phone in such a way that would bring the Academy into disrepute e.g. posting photographs whilst wearing Academy uniform, posting an offensive status/tweet.
  • Ensure that their use of the mobile phone does not disrupt other staff/students at the Academy e.g. playing music without headphones.
  • Protect their phone numbers by only giving them to close friends and keeping a note of who they have given them to. This can help protect the student’s number from falling into the wrong hands and guard against the receipt of insulting, threatening or unpleasant voice, text and picture messages.
  • Be aware that using mobile phones to bully and threaten other students is unacceptable. Cyber bullying will not be tolerated. In some cases it can constitute criminal behaviour. If the use of technology humiliates, embarrasses or causes offence it is unacceptable regardless of whether ‘consent’ was given.
  • Be aware that it is forbidden for students to to use their mobile phones to take videos and pictures of acts to denigrate and humiliate another student and then send the pictures to other students or upload it to a website for public viewing. This also includes using mobile phones to  photograph or film any student or member of staff without their consent. It is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person and almost all calls, text messages and emails can be traced.

Sanctions

Students who infringe the rules set out in this document could face having their phones confiscated by teachers.

  • If the phone is being used inappropriately the student must give it to a teacher, if requested.
  • On the first infringement of this policy the mobile phone would be confiscated by the teacher and taken to a secure place within the main office. The student will be able to collect the mobile phone at the end of the Academy day and a record will be made of the incident.
  • On the second infringement parents/carers will be asked to collect the phone from the Academy.
  • On the third infringement the student will be given an after school Friday detention.
  • For a fourth infringement, the Principal or senior member of staff will request a parental meeting.
  • Any further infringements of the mobile phone code of conduct will result in a ban on bringing a mobile phone to school.

Use of mobile phones

Sanctions for misuse