You might think I’m a prude, but children aged between 9 and 10 years old should not have mobile phones. I worked from 8.45 until 3.05 today with no breaks because the girls in my year five class hate each other, partially because of nasty texts they’ve been sending to each other. 8 girls were crying at different points throughout the day. They don’t want to talk to each other and when they do have to communicate the classroom defends into furious shouting messages.
We’ve got to come up with a plan of action but technically anything to do with texting or social media outside of school is not an in school issue, it’s something to be sorted out between parents. However, now that it’s imposing upon school time and pervading into lessons something needs to be done.
I know how girls are to one another, I went to an all girls school, but I’m pretty sure that when I was in year five we argued about who was playing who in a game. We certainly weren’t saying that we hated one another and spreading vicious rumours. That happened in secondary school!
Kids are growing up too quickly and clearly, based on the evidence of my class alone, nine and ten year olds are too young to be responsible for the appropriate use of a contract smartphone!!