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Pornography on mobiles

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by OlderNotWiser, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. I was in a school recently where a boy was caught looking at pornography on his mobile. If he was caught looking at pornography on a school computer he would be immediately excluded (as viewing it on school equipment), but, because it is his personal mobile they have just given him one days internal suspension (still in school).

    I, personally, don't think they have taken the issue seriously enough. Surely its not what you use to view the pornography which is the issue, it is viewing the pornography.

    Just wondered what others thought.
     
  2. I was in a school recently where a boy was caught looking at pornography on his mobile. If he was caught looking at pornography on a school computer he would be immediately excluded (as viewing it on school equipment), but, because it is his personal mobile they have just given him one days internal suspension (still in school).

    I, personally, don't think they have taken the issue seriously enough. Surely its not what you use to view the pornography which is the issue, it is viewing the pornography.

    Just wondered what others thought.
     
  3. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    Completely agree, the consequence should have been the same. A boy at my school (this was 2 or 3 year ago) was excluded for having obscene pictures on his mobile even though he wasn't looking at them (he left his phone on the desk, I took it off him as per school rules, when I went to switch it off, the desktop picture popped up.)

    You should be taking this up with SMT though, not with us?
     
  4. Strange you should mention this. I and another female member of staff went to head of year 9 to complain that child had pornography on phone - male head of year just smiled!
     
  5. mgf

    mgf

    What is the school's position on pornographic material in school (ie magazines) in general?
     
  6. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Occasional commenter

    A boy in year 7 at my school was just excluded for two days for the same thing. I think there is a distinction to be drawn between having the stuff and downloading it using school equipment, not least because the latter likely breaches a signed agreement from the parents and the student regarding computer use.
     
  7. teachur

    teachur New commenter

    Here's one to throw into the pot of discussion. It would, without doubt (i hope) be considered wholly inappropriate for a pupil to bring a pornographic magazine into school...

    But what about The Sun newspaper? Page 3 IS pronography, but children are not stopped from buying it!!! I have taken copies of it of kids in school before, taken that page out, thrown it in the bin, and given them back the rest of the paper!

    But, what do you think: The Sun???
     
  8. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

    Page 3 of 'The Sun' isn't, by any stretch of the imagination, pornographic. Tasteless, certainly. 'The Sport' is far worse - as are some of the photo 'problems'.

    Kids (of both sexes) have had pornographic images on their phones for years. It's not new.

    Using school computers for accessing pornography should be impossible with a half way decent blocking system and magazines are in the public domain - anyone can see them - so also unacceptable.

    A mobile phone
    a) should not be visible in school - it's having the phone that's the problem
    b) is the pupil's personal property and no-one confiscating one should be looking at anything on it.

    I tell my pupils to switch off phones prior to confiscation.

    I wouldn't want them to look at my wallpaper - even though it's only my dog - and I don't want to invade their privacy by looking at theirs.
     
  9. Quite agree Gruoch. We've had a similar incident with a boy with porno on the phone - resulted in an exclusion. Surely it's his own private property? It's obviously a different matter if a pupils is getting the phone out in lessons and showing others his images.
     
  10. gruoch, the definition of pornographic is material designed to tittilate. What do you think page 3 of the sun is there for?!

    Anyway, I quite agree that this shouldn't even be an issue. Situations in school shouldn't arise where we see what's on our pupils' phones. If they do decide to flash them around, however, it serves them right if they end up confiscated.
     
  11. I completely agree. It's their own privacy that teachers are invading, and as we often say to our pupils: 'treat others how you expect them to treat you'.

    And even if we do confiscate or destroy such pornographic material, they obviously have access to it at home, and the only effect we have is that they hide their phone more carefully next time.
     
  12. We have had an incident of a girl taking a photo of part of her anatomy which one never has in a newspaper. She sent it to a couple of boys in the school holidays. Other students found out and it has caused so much trouble. Real child protection stuff here etc. I have since found out that boys often photo themselves (priviate bits)and send on.
    I feel so sad as this is happening not to older students but to KS3. i am sending this info to make other teachers aware that this is what is happening and how we are to protect children God only knows!!
     

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