Mobile Phone Policy




1. Objectives -­‐ Policy Statement

Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield supports the use of emerging mobile phone and other electronic device technologies for educational delivery and personal development. The emerging technologies of electronic devices are a part of everyday life and can add value to a student’s educational experience if appropriately incorporated into the learning program. However, use of some functions of mobile phones is inappropriate in the College environment and can be disruptive to student learning and infringe upon student and staff privacy and safety. The College does not accept responsibility for any electronic device that students bring to the College. Mobile phones and other electronic devices should not be left unattended.

2. Audience and Applicability

The policy applies to student use of mobile phones and other electronic devices within the College environment.

3. Potential Threats

The major issues relating to the use of electronic devices in the school environment include:

  • Disruption to educational programs through the receipt and transmission of messages.

  • Privacy concerns related to the ability of many devices to take photographs, record video or audio without the

    knowledge or consent of those being photographed / recorded.

  • Access and interface with inappropriate materials via the internet.

  • Potential for cyber bullying via the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices.

  • Loss and/or theft.

  • Potential for breach of copyright.

  • Potential for inappropriate use during examinations.

4. Appropriate Use

The following outlines the appropriate use of Mobile Phones and other electronic devices in the College environment:

  • Student mobile phones and other electronic devices (excluding student notebook computers) must be turned-­‐off or placed on silent and out of view during classes unless instructed by the classroom teacher for educational use.

  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices (excluding calculators) are not permitted to be with a student during any formal examination.

  • If a student requires the use of their mobile phone during break periods, they must seek permission from a staff member of the College.

5. Inappropriate Use

The following uses of mobile phones and other electronic devices are prohibited:

  • Any use during class time other than for educational purposes as prescribed by a classroom teacher.

  • Any use during within the school environment without the permission of a College staff member.

  • The taking of photographs, recording video or audio in the College environment.

  • The accessing of inappropriate material from the Internet.

  • Cyber bullying through text messages, social media sites or any other form of electronic communication.

  • Listening to music or other audio via headphones without the permission of a College staff member (including non-­‐

    class times).

Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield Mobile Phone Policy Revised December 2013

6. Procedures for Inappropriate Use

In the event of student misuse of a mobile phone or related electronic device the following procedures apply:

6.1    Classroom Misuse

    If a student uses a mobile phone or other electronic device other than for educational purposes as prescribed by a classroom teacher, the teacher may confiscate the student’s device and hand it back to the student at the end of that period. The teacher may take further disciplinary action as required.

    If a student refuses to hand in their device to the classroom teacher or is defiant in the use of the device, the teacher will refer the issue to the students Year Coordinator or Pastoral Care Coordinator for further action.

6.2    Other Misuses

    The taking of photographs, recording of video or audio at the College is prohibited. A breach of this policy will be reported to the Pastoral Care Coordinator or Assistant Principal and will result in a confiscation of the student’s device to be locked in the College safe, and may result in suspension from the College with a parental interview or in extreme cases the students enrolment at the College being reviewed.


    The accessing of inappropriate material from the Internet on an electronic device will be reported to the Pastoral Care Coordinator and may result in a confiscation of the student’s device and suspension from the College with a parental interview.


    The use of electronic devices as a means of engaging in cyber-­‐bullying will be referred to the students Year Coordinator or Pastoral Care Coordinator and dealt with as per the College Anti-­‐Bullying policy.

7. Responsibilities

7.1 College Staff

College staff have a responsibility:

  • To model and promote appropriate behaviour with the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices.

  • To have knowledge of College policies and procedures relating to the use of mobile phones and other electronic

    devices.

  • To use common sense and professional judgement.

  • To refer to Year Coordinators or the Pastoral Care Coordinator where appropriate.

7.2 Students

Students have a responsibility:

  • To ensure they comply with the College Mobile Phone Policy and procedures governing the use of electronic devices in the College environment.

  • To ensure that devices are only used appropriately and responsibly, with due regard to the rights of others.

  • For the security of any electronic devices carried by them onto College premises or on external College programs

  • To report incidents of cyber-­‐bullying through mobile phones or other electronic devices as per the College Anti-­‐

    Bullying Plan.

5.3 Parents and caregivers

Parents and caregivers have a responsibility:

  • To support and reinforce the procedures regarding the acceptable use of mobile phones and other electronic devices at the College and to ensure that their son(s) is complying with those procedures.

  • Support their son(s) to become responsible citizens and to develop responsible behaviour in regards to the use mobile phones and other electronic devices.

  • Work collaboratively with the school to resolve incidents of misuse of mobile phones and other electronic devices when they occur.