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Poll: Should primary school-aged children be banned from using smartphones?

A memo is going to Cabinet this morning which will aim to encourage parents to avoid buying smartphones for children in primary schools.

MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Norma Foley is bringing a memo to Cabinet on the use of smartphones in primary schools. 

As reported at the weekend, Foley wants to see a “collective decision” among parents and guardians not to purchase smartphones for children of primary school age. 

The memo will outline the supports that will be given to schools, and in particular parents, in relation to this issue, the Minister said.

Speaking to reporters at the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis in Dublin on Saturday, the Minister said she believes the vast majority of schools do not support the use of phones in the school context. 

“But I think the real issue is what happens after school,” she said, pointing to access to inappropriate content and online bullying as major issues. 

So, today we want to know… Should primary school-aged children be banned from using smartphones?

Poll Results:

Yes (10776)
No (1220)
I'm not sure (407)

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