A SCHOOL has introduced new technology to prevent students from social media distractions after usage was getting out of control.
Headteacher Julia Polley at Wensleydale School and Sixth Form College, in Leyburn, was fed up of pupils spending more time hooked to their phones than concentrating on their lessons, so has planned to install equipment which blocks mobile data signals within the school.
Often targeted for use in such areas as theatres, cinemas, and libraries where the use of mobile phones can prove annoying – but some jammers can affect wider areas and other frequencies than those they are intended for. They can also result in the disruption of emergency and rescue radio services in the public area.
However, it is understood the technology to be used at Wensleydale School is highly site specific, with the ability to isolate individual classrooms.
North Yorkshire County Council said it was not aware of any other schools trying such methods to control internet usage, but said it was down to individual headteachers to decide to do.
Ofcom clearly sees Jammers as being illegal. So this story should be worth following.