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AustraliaInstagram makes way for Uno, tiggy as students adapt to phone ban

09:40  26 august  2019
09:40  26 august  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Instagram makes way for Uno, tiggy as students adapt to phone ban© Supplied No phone in sight: Hannah Thomas plays Uno at Auburn High School in Hawthorn East.

Forget Instagram. The card game Uno and even tiggy are back in vogue among students at Auburn High School, who have been living with a mobile phone ban all year.

The ban has had a profound effect on how students interact, says the school's co-captain Devika Moss.

In the past, girls in her group would chat for five or 10 minutes at lunch before retreating to their phones and silently scrolling on social media.

"It was kind of this environment where it didn’t really feel like we were chatting with each other and hanging out, just sort of sitting together," she said. "We play Uno together now and we actually chat and we’ve really improved our relationships."

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Auburn High in Hawthorn East is ahead of the curve in Victoria, having voluntarily introduced its own phone ban 12 months in advance of an Andrews government-enforced ban that will apply to all state schools from term one next year.

"At first it was a bit confrontational in that students were a bit surprised but I think that it’s come out really well," Devika said.

"Students have really felt that it’s helping them with their learning and it might not be what they want, but it’s what is helping them in the long run."

Co-captain Jacob Silvestrini said some students had tried to flout the ban and use their phones.

"Of course there is always the odd one that does try and get away with it but I’d say teachers close it down pretty quick," he said.

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Victoria's Education Minister James Merlino announced schools will be able to tap into a pool of $12.4 million to purchase or upgrade lockers, or buy padlocks and new technology such as lockable pouches, for storing phones between first and last bell.

Without the grants, some schools would struggle to find the money to properly manage the ban Mr Merlino said.

He said teachers and parents feel phones are a source of "chronic distraction" inside schools, with teachers spending an average of five minutes at the beginning of every class telling students to put their phones away.

It is hoped the ban will also reduce cyber-bullying.

Auburn High principal Maria Karvouni said the school surveyed teachers, students and parents about phones ahead of the ban.

Almost 70 per cent of students said phones were a source of distraction in every lesson and 90 per cent of teachers agreed .

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The French government is to ban students from using mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools. Children will be allowed to bring their phones to “I’ve done a little calculation myself: 5,300 state schools with an average 500 pupils each, that makes around 3 million lockers.”

"So once we presented the data to the students and said we are implementing a ban from the first bell and last bell, we just ensured that we had consistency in the way that we did it in our school," Ms Karvouni said.

The ban was promoted with the motto: disconnect to connect.

A handful of private schools have also brought in their own mobile phone bans, including Trinity Grammar School in Kew.

Headmaster Phil De Young wrote in the school’s newsletter earlier this month that 95 per cent of teachers agreed the ban had reduced distraction in classes.

"Unsurprisingly, students were somewhat less affirming of the policy," he wrote.

"However, there were a number of interesting responses in the data, most notably from some of our oldest students. In the year 12 cohort, half of the students agreed that the policy had helped them to avoid distractions during the school day."

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