Cellphone Use in Schools

The Government of Alberta wants to hear from Albertans about how students should use cellphones in schools.

The survey will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and closes May 3, 2024.   

In Alberta and in many other places across the world, student cellphone use is increasing. For children and youth, it typically becomes more prevalent as students advance through the grades. 

Teachers may occasionally use cellphones in classrooms for learning and teaching purposes. There are many other reasons a student may use a cellphone within school hours, including: 

  • Communicating about practices/rehearsals for school organizations (teams, clubs, etc.) 
  • Checking transit schedules 
  • Staying in touch with families about issues or emergencies 

However, there are concerns that cellphones can be a distraction in educational environments and can sometimes be used inappropriately within classrooms and schools.   

We want to hear from all Albertans, including parents, guardians, teachers and other education professionals. Your input will help inform future government direction on cellphone use in schools.  

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