Victorian kids could face detention or suspension if they continue to use their phones in school.
With under two weeks to go until Victorian children go back to school, some schools are taking a hard-line approach to the state-wide school phone ban.
Penalties being put into place, according to the Herald Sun, include a ‘three-strikes-and-you-are-out’ approach, which would see students being suspended if they are caught using their phone three times.
Public primary and secondary schools are legally obliged to enforce the ban from January 29.
“From day one of this school year, students at all Victorian government schools will be required to switch off their mobile phones and securely store them from the first bell to the last bell during each school day,” Education Minister James Merlino said.
“We know schools are embracing this new policy, which is evident in the way some schools introduced their phone ban last year.”
The government has given more than $12.4 million available to schools to help them securely store student phones during the day.
The ban will be reviewed at the end of the year.