BIS MOBILE PHONE POLICY
At the British International School and Montessori Education, we are committed to ensuring
the safety of children in our care. We recognise that mobile phones in the school have a role
to play for the purpose of communication, but we are aware that casual or inappropriate use
of mobile phones could pose a risk to children and adults.
The enhanced functions of many mobile phones are of most concern and are most
susceptible to misuse. Misuse includes the taking and distribution of indecent images,
exploitation and bullying. Mobile phones can cause an unnecessary distraction during the
working day and can be intrusive when used in the company of others.
When mobile phones are misused, it can impact on an individual’s dignity, privacy and right
to confidentiality. Such concerns are not just exclusive to children and young people; hence
there is a duty to protect the needs and vulnerabilities of everyone.
It can be difficult to detect when such devices are present or being used, particularly in
relation to enhanced functions, such as cameras. The use of all mobile phones is, therefore,
limited, regardless of their capabilities.
The aim is to avoid distraction and disruption of the working day, and to minimise the
opportunities for any individual to make any covert images or misuse functions in any other
This policy applies to all staff, volunteers, parents and visitors.
Please note that for the purposes of this policy, the term ‘mobile phone’ also covers
any electronic device with the capacity to be used as a form of communication, either
through the device itself or any applications stored on the device.