Students are focusing in their school work instead of social media.

BYE BYE INSTA: Maciej Jankowski holding the Yondr magnet. Eddie Osborne and Samuel Leecroft holding their Yondr pouches.
BYE BYE INSTA: Maciej Jankowski holding the Yondr magnet. Eddie Osborne and Samuel Leecroft holding their Yondr pouches.

Social media and the use of mobile phones in classrooms have become major issues in schools when it comes to bullying and distractions.

That is why John Pirie Secondary School has been using Yondr pouches to create a phone free environment.

Each student in grades seven to nine are given a Yondr pouch at the beginning of their high school career.

Every day on arrival, students open their pouches with a specific magnet that is located at both entrances of the school and then place their phone in the pouch which is then locked away for the entire day.

This is the second year John Pirie has been using the pouches and teachers are impressed from the ongoing results.

Vice principal, Maciej Jankowski said the devlces were making a difference.

"We have seen a drastic improvement in focus, lack of complaints from teachers, especially relief teachers who already have a tough gig," she said. "This has been a blessing for them."

Previously teachers would constantly remind students to put their phone away but now this is no longer the issue.

"We've seen decrease in the number of online bullying incidents at school so that's really positive."

"Students are interacting, they are playing together a lot more, they are practising more social skills."

Those in grades 10 and 11 are allowed to have their phones turned off and in their bags during class time and are allowed to use them during recess and lunch.

Mr Jankowski said it gave senior students more accountability and responsibility, but if they are caught with their phone during class, then it was confiscated until the end of the day.

If senior students get three strikes of phone misuse then they may receive a pouch to use for a couple of weeks.

"Year 12s are allowed to use phones in class as a tool because we're trying to prepare them to what it will be like if they go to TAFE or university where they will have that freedom."

Teachers are able to notice pretty quickly if a student is using their phone for non-educational purposes.

The cost is about $20 per pouch when a school subscribes to the Yondr program with the price of pouches reducing the longer people subscribe.

Damaged ones are replaced for free and each year students get new ones so John Pirie does not have to give old pouches to new students.

"We want them to draw and write all over it so it makes it their own."

Mr Jankowski said some students don't take their phone to school anymore.

To find out more, visit www.overyondr.com

A close up of the Yondr pouch. Students are welcome to decorate them.

A close up of the Yondr pouch. Students are welcome to decorate them.

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