The Behaviour in Scottish Schools research 2012 highlighted issues around responsible use amongst school-age children of smart phones, the ownership of which has seen a huge increase in recent years.
As a result of the findings, a working group was established by the Scottish Government to consider guiding principles for local authorities and schools on how to develop local policies on this issue.
Voice formed part of the working group considering this guidance on mobile technology in schools. The group explored the embedding of responsible mobile use in digital citizenship, rather than trying to ban the use of mobile technology in schools.
Guidance on Developing Policies to Promote the Safe and Responsible use of Mobile Technology in Schools has now been launched.
“The purpose of this guidance is to provide schools and local authorities with advice on how to develop local policies that encourage safe and responsible use of personal mobile technology in school, and beyond. These policies should also be designed to protect staff, children and young people from harassment and abuse which can arise from the misuse of such technology.”
It aims to:
- provide a set of guiding principles for schools and local authorities to consider when developing their own policies on safe and responsible use;
- emphasise that these principles could be mapped on to existing health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes;
- emphasise schools’ responsibility for the health and wellbeing and safety of their staff and children and young people;
- provide advice on how to develop local policies in partnership with the whole school community; and
- provide advice on relevant legal aspects.
Copies of the guidance will be issued to all schools in Scotland within the next couple of weeks along with information on the 360 Degree Safe e-safety self-review tool.