Don’t ‘demonise’ mobile phones, schools’ leader urges

Jane Prescott, incoming president of the Girls’ Schools Association, said it was pointless to “demonise” mobile phones, and that pupils needed to learn how to use technology responsibly instead.

Ms Prescott said it was futile to attempt mobile phone bans in an era of constant technological change.

Discussing how mobile devices could be used positively in schools, she said: “They’re very good for photographing the board, if the teacher’s worked an example, particularly if they have a learning need that means that they can’t copy off a board so quickly. That’s a very positive use.”