Pupils banned from using mobiles after abusive texts

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Pupils at a South Yorkshire school have been banned from using mobile phones after reported incidents of cyber bullying and use of sexually-explicit material.

The new rule was introduced at Mexborough School after pupils were caught sending abusive messages and one falsely claimed they had been sent a pornographic picture.

Around 1,000 students are banned from using their phones in school hours and staff will confiscate them if they are caught texting or making calls.

Deputy headteacher Graham Waters said in a letter to parents: “We have had an increasing number of incidents where some students are abusing the use of mobile phones in school and this has caused some serious safeguarding issues.

“I am sure that you will realise that the majority of mobile phones now have easy access to the internet and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“As a school we find that increasingly students are using these sites to send inappropriate or abusive messages to other students, in other words using these sites to cyber bully others.”

The ban includes break and lunchtimes.