Make kids get phone licence says Michael Carr-Gregg

Recently well known child and young adult psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg attended a learning and teaching conference in Melbourne where he suggested that students earn a licence to use a mobile phone after learning safe and responsible use. The Age reports:

His intention is not to ban them, rather to facilitate greater use of technology by first teaching students what safe and responsible use is and then obtaining their agreement to abide by a set of rules and conditions.

Students would sit a licence test online with their parents needing to sign up to validate their digital rights, says Dr Carr-Gregg.

”There is absolutely no point in banning them because it is going to be the central part of their education. This would at least ensure they have the skills, the knowledge, strategies and basic competencies before they’ve brought the device to school,” Dr Carr-Gregg said.

Read the whole report here.