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Mobile Phones on school trips.

Discussion in 'School trips' started by AnnabelFinding, May 19, 2011.

  1. Have just returned from an excellent trip to France only marred by the number of incoming and outgoing texts relating to changes in travel arrangements. Any advice on how you control student mobile phone usage on residential trips please?
     
  2. Have just returned from an excellent trip to France only marred by the number of incoming and outgoing texts relating to changes in travel arrangements. Any advice on how you control student mobile phone usage on residential trips please?
     
  3. v12

    v12

    They are simply not allowed to take mobile phones on my annual Ardèche trip.
    There is always much moaning - but it is easily justified, and very easily enforced.

     
  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter


    We have one residential with yr 8. They are allowed phones but they are collected in at the start and they are allowed them during a 2 hour window around the evening meal the they are handed back in. They are returned as we get on the coach to come home so that they can let parents know they are on their way. If we discover a phone that has not been handed in it is taken and not returned until they are nearly back at school.
     
  5. The law says every reasonable step must be taken to ensure student safety.
    So, mobile phones are a good thing but parents take the rap (put in writing before the trip) if someone flushes their phone down the toilet or it gets nicked.
    A quick SMS from a student saying they are lost is better than stressing because you have no idea where they are.
     
  6. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    That's why we banned phones on residentials. We got fed up with parents phoning the school and then the school phoning us everytime their dd called about some trivial event that had been forgotten 10 minutes after it happened.

    Things like calls from school to ask why we were forcing a girl to eat baked beans? Why we expected a girl to clean a toilet (we had asked her to pick up some toilet paper she had dropped). Then a call to ask why we were not looking for a lost phone (the girl had borrowed a phone to call home because hers had gone missing. This was despite everyone being told that we would not be responsible for lost belongings such as cameras, walkmans etc. The school told us that we had to look so we cancelled all activities and searched for the whole afternoon. The phone turned up under her bed!

    When we got back that was the time we decided to ban all phones.
     
  7. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Occasional commenter

    Though here surely is the crucial problem; far far far far greater than the issue of mobile phones on foreign trips:

    the totally craven attitude adopted by most secondary school SMTs when parents kick up a fuss.

    This is the reason that no sensible teacher has been involved in extra-curricular trips, most especially overseas travel, with English secondary age pupils for the last 15 years. At least.
     
  8. Hi,
    We recommend that all students leave mobiles at home on the tours and expeditions we arrange - and not just in case they lose them. Lines of communication with the school / operator / parents are always open if necessary in emergencies. A telephone tree amongst parents works great of you have to notify them of a change in arrival time.
    Managing information flow back home is also a major concern with mobiles. Minor 'incidents' (a scrape on the knee for instance) can be mis-understood and suddenly blown out of all proportiondue to an ill-thought through text message.
    More importantly, I believe school tours (and especially the more adventurous school trips we arrange) are an opportunity for students to leave behind facebook, texts and 'life' in the UK, and immerse themselves in a new culture and adventure. They won't get the most out of a trip if they have half their mind on home because of updates on their phones.
    Adrian Ferraro
    The Specialist Travel Consultancy
    www.thestc.co.uk
     
  9. v12

    v12

    Exactly.
     
  10. Cestrian

    Cestrian New commenter

    Our pupils are allowed their phones on foreign trips but warned of the extra cost of using them, and the fact that they aren't covered in the insurance policy. We have had no hassle from parents or school, and the only problems with pupils is usually a lack of credit or charge on the last day - maybe we've been lucky so far?
     

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