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Why smartwatches, photo-capable devices and devices that make audio recordings are not allowed in school

There are several good reasons for our ban of smartwatches and devices that can take and show photos or make audio recordings:

  • Safeguarding and Child Protection: Devices with cameras can cause safeguarding issues by capturing and sharing images without consent.
  • Preventing Cyberbullying: Photo-sharing and audio recording capabilities can increase the risk of cyberbullying.
  • Minimising Distractions: Smart watches and similar devices can be major distractions in the classroom.

The ban on smart watches and photo-capable devices in our school is designed to support safeguarding measures, reduce distractions and prevent cyberbullying. Devices of this type must never be brought into school or taken on any school trips or activities.

Thank you for helping us create a safe and focused learning environment for our children.