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Ban mobile phones with internet

Ban mobile phones with internet

Schools should ban mobiles with internet if they want to keep children off smartphones, a leading headmistress has said.

Alice Phillips, headmistress of St Catherine’s, a £30,000-a-year girls’ boarding school in Surrey, hit out at “wretched” parents who buy their children unlimited data packages because they want to be their “best friend”.

She said she asks parents to buy their daughters wifi-only devices so that the school can control their internet use. “But the wretched parents will keep giving them 3G machines and won’t tell them to reduce the data,” she said.

“There is a bigger problem than all this. Parents, bless them, want to be their friends and I think that is a real problem. There is increasing social pressure on parents to be their children’s best friend.”

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