Eithne Shortall: Let’s make a call on young kids and the dangers of devices

With potential harm to our youngsters just a text away, primary schools having a no-smartphone agreement in place sounds like an idea worth exploring

Social media and gaming companies’ apps are designed to be as addictive as possible and to encourage constant connection

Did you hear about the Greystones schools that banded together to adopt a “no smartphone” policy? All eight primary schools in the Wicklow area have established a voluntary code, which parents sign up to – and it’s not just keeping the devices out of the school buildings, but out of the students’ hands entirely. The parents are pledging not to give their children phones at all for the duration of primary school.

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