Anyone else finding pupils having their mobiles out in class is an ever-increasing problem? It's been a difficulty in my school since I started a year and a half ago but since Christmas it seems to have...snowballed(?)! I have a few pupils who cannot keep them away. They've been referred by me and other teachers, their parents have been called and have threatened to confiscate (but haven't). Every time my back is turned and I look back, these pupils are, they think surreptitiously, texting frantically or even wearing headphones they think are hidden by their hair. It's starting to drive me mad! I think the reason I'm posting about it now because the problem has led to a regrettable situation where one pupil reacted rather aggressively when I confiscated (with prior warning) his phone which he had left out playing music he thought I wouldn't hear! Before anyone criticises me for confiscating saying (as a lot think) we're not allowed to, my understanding is we're advised not to do so as we're then liable for loss/damage. I don't really care when it's causing so much disruption and I know it'll be safe locked in my drawer. It's as if there's a dark power at work here (possibly the spirit of the fancy new smartphone for Christmas). One of my classes worked especially well during their double period today so I let them pack up a few minutes earlier than usual and relax/chat - they all got their phones out immediately! Any tips on how to deal with this as a class teacher when whole school sanctions and contacting parents isn't working?