Should our schools ban mobile phones?
HIGH schools around the country are laying down the law and putting a complete ban on mobile phones.
The suggestion is getting rid of the devices allows the students the opportunity to have real conversations and pick up on social cues from friends, students and peers.
Kingaroy State High School deputy principal Lloyd Fairbairn said this issue wasn't just isolated to schools.
"I can understand why they are a problem, but it is throughout all of society, not just about schools,” he said.
Mr Fairbairn grew up in a world when there were no mobile phones and he believes we have forgotten the art of communication.
"When I grew up we didn't even have a landline,” he said.
"These days I'll walk down the street and say g'day to complete strangers.
"They think I am crazy.”
Kingaroy High's deputy principal said the other issue with mobile phones, and more specifically social media, was the amount of cyber-bullying going on.
"People hide between a screen and make remarks,” he said.
"It has a huge impact and creates social issues.”
Mr Fairbairn believes it was unfair to point the issues of mobile phones ruining communication and interaction to just our schools.
"We are becoming far too reliant on our phones, but it is certainly not about schools,” he said.
Mr Fairbairn confirmed Kingaroy State High School has a no mobile phone policy.
"Like all schools, we all have our own policies,” he said.