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More kids are getting into smartphones and tablets at school than ever before.
And it is having a big impact.
This year, the number of kids in primary school aged four and under using smartphones surpassed that of primary school pupils who didn’t have a smartphone, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
A study published this week by the Sydney-based Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) found that the number is set to double in the next two years, and will more than triple by 2026.
The ACOSS study found that between July and September this year, more than one in five primary school students (19.7 per cent) had a smartphone.
The figure rose to 1.9 per cent by the end of September.
In 2017, about half of primary schools had one or more students with smartphones.
In 2020, the ACTS reported that primary school had become the biggest smartphone-using state in the country, with more than two-thirds of students reporting using a smartphone or tablet at school.
This was followed by Victoria, with almost half (47 per cent), with South Australia and Western Australia having the next largest percentages.
Data from the Department of Education showed the average daily smartphone usage in primary schools in NSW was just over one per cent, compared with a national average of more than seven per cent.
While it is not clear why mobile phones are growing in the public schools, the data suggests that it is the increasing use by younger students that has had the biggest impact on school life.
While parents are often encouraged to use the devices to keep their kids safe, some parents say they are also frustrated with the time they have spent on their devices.
“We are all used to having a phone in our pocket, we know how to use it and it’s always there,” said one parent.
In the past, parents had a choice about where their children went to school. “
There are so many other things you could be doing with your time.”
In the past, parents had a choice about where their children went to school.
In the past few years, parents have been encouraged to get rid of their phones and other devices in the name of safety.
The ACTS said it had launched a number of measures to help ensure that schools have more secure technology, including introducing smartphone lock screens to allow teachers to access them.
But in a letter to the Minister for Education and Training, ACOSS said it was concerned that the government was taking “unprecedented” measures to enforce “a mandatory and intrusive requirement” for teachers to unlock phones for students at all times.
“This has not been a matter of ‘safety’ or ‘safety of children’,” ACOSS wrote.
“The government’s failure to make this compulsory has created a situation where students are being forced to spend more time using mobile phones than at school.”
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