Sign a contract vowing to cut mobile phone use at home, leading girls’ independent school tells parents

  • Two-page document states girls and parents will outlaw phones in meal times
  • Voluntary contract also asks for phones to be banned hour before going to sleep
  • Idea was taken up by teachers after being proposed by psychology students  

A leading girls’ independent school has asked families to sign a contract pledging to cut their smartphone use at home.

The two-page document states that girls and their parents will outlaw phones during meal times and the daily commute, and ‘read, listen to a book or talk’ instead.

The voluntary contract also asks for phones to be banned an hour before going to sleep and charged outside the bedroom overnight.

South Hampstead High School in north-west London said it wanted to help families get out of the habit of being glued to their screens. Undated photo 

South Hampstead High School in north-west London said it wanted to help families get out of the habit of being glued to their screens.

The idea was proposed by sixth-form psychology students.


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Laura Lee, one of its authors, told The Times: ‘What parents do has a big impact on children. 

‘If checking a phone at the dinner table is their norm, it becomes the norm for the children too.’

The school’s former pupils include actresses Angela Lansbury and Helena Bonham Carter.

The two-page document states that girls and their parents will outlaw phones during meal times and the daily commute, and ‘read, listen to a book or talk’ instead. File photo 

 

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