Benefits of student mobile phone ban already proven in Gippsland
The principal of the School for Student Leadership, Mark Reeves, has welcomed the state government ban on students using mobile phones at public schools.
The school which has four campuses, including the Snowy River campus at Marlo and the Alpine campus at Dinner Plain, has not allowed phones for the last 20 years.
"From those early days we recognised the importance of the students actually having direct relationships and direct conversations with people; the importance of being able to talk to real people and not commodify people through the use of apps and the like," Mr Reeves said.
"We wanted them to spend more time looking up than looking down, in reality."
Mobile phones will be banned for all students at Victorian state primary and secondary schools from Term 1 2020, to help reduce distraction, tackle cyber bullying and improve learning outcomes for students.
According to the latest research from Headspace, around 53 per cent of young Australians have experienced cyberbullying.