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Victoria bans mobile phones at schools

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Victoria is cracking down on students using phones at state-run schools. It's the first state to launch a blanket ban for both primary and secondary schools. And if the federal government has its way - all other states and territories will soon follow suit.

The Victorian government announcing a compulsory ban on mobiles phones - from first bell to last bell - in all Victorian state schools.  The state's education minister James Merlino says its a decision the government did not make lightly.

The policy is aimed to increase focus in the classroom, getting rid of the distractions of social media and texting. It also aims to stamp out cyber-bullying.

Leading child and adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg supports the move.

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