Cellphones and Other Personal Mobile Devices in Schools

Cellphones and Other Personal Mobile Devices in Schools: Questions and Answers for Parents and Guardians (PDF, 187 Kb)

Introduction

This document addresses common questions that parents and guardians may have about the restriction on the use of cellphones and other personal mobile devices during instructional time. This restriction will be effective November 4, 2019.

Common Questions and Answers

Why are schools restricting the use of cellphones in classrooms?

How will it be enforced?

What is a “Provincial Code of Conduct”?

Does the code of conduct apply to everyone in the school?

I thought boards and schools already had their own codes of conduct?

I thought this was a restriction on cellphones?

How will the restriction on personal mobile devices be different from board policies that are already in place?

Can my child bring a personal mobile device to school?

Can my child use their personal mobile devices during lunch or recess?

When can my child use a personal mobile device in the classroom?

How can a personal mobile device be used for educational purposes?

My child has special education needs and has to use their personal mobile device to support learning. Will my child be able to use their personal mobile device in the classroom?

My child has mental health needs and has to use their personal mobile device for support. Will my child be able to use their personal mobile device in the classroom?

My child needs to use their personal mobile device to support their health and/or medical condition. Will my child be able to use their personal mobile device in the classroom?

If a student is using a personal mobile device without permission, can the student be disciplined under the code of conduct?

Parent's Role in Supporting the Personal Mobile Use Restriction

As a parent or guardian, you are a role model for your child/children. You can teach your child about a healthy balance of using technology by limiting screen time at home.

For helpful tips on limiting cellphone usage visit:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) also provides services and resources for parents with concerns about excessive internet use by their child or children.

For more information on online safety and privacy visit:

Where do I find more information?