A study compared students’ performance in schools that had banned mobiles and schools that hadn’t. They found students who weren’t allowed to use mobile phones in class had higher test scores.
The Education Minister Dan Tehan has said research shows mobile phone bans have a positive effect on academic performance. But this is not necessarily true.
Trials found that 5% of offending drivers used a mobile phone with both hands while the vehicle was moving.
Trials of the program found about 5% of offending drivers used their mobile phone with both hands, while the vehicle was moving.
The research around the benefits and risks of mobile phone use in classrooms is mixed.
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Banning mobile phones in school may seem sensible, but research and similar moves elsewhere suggest a blanket ban may introduce some problems.