Question: Is it wrong for educators to have their mobile phones with them while educating and caring for children?
It all depends on the ‘why’
We live in a world where technology rules, and we’re used to relying on it 24/7, especially phones. Most people will use their phone daily to tell the time, search for information, take photos and keep connected.
In the workplace, we can sometimes use our phones for valid reasons such as to take notes, check emails and access documents. But do phones belong in the world of children’s services?
Active supervision is a fundamental focus of our work and carrying a phone can tempt an educator to use it for personal reasons. This distraction may result in them not following best supervision and care practices.
Educators using their phone for program documentation is also a risk, as children’s confidentiality and privacy may be breached if images are shared outside the workplace, for example.
When it comes to the use of personal phones at your service, make sure you have policies and procedures in place so there are no grey areas for staff. Consider what would be an exception, such as if you have a team member with an unwell child.
Consultant, Community Child Care Association