Last updated: 16/10/20
For every professional, keeping a mobile phone on them throughout the day is important. It serves as a way of getting in touch with family if needs be, and is also likely to be used when travelling to and from work.
But for teachers, keeping your phone safe at school isn’t always easy. Read on to discover our top tips for how to keep your phone safe at school, both inside and outside of the classroom.
How to keep your phone safe inside the classroom
Many teachers will teach from one dedicated classroom. Sometimes though, colleague teaching staff may need to use the room for other activities such as out of school tutoring or detention. For this reason, it’s important to keep your phone safe inside your classroom and here are a few tips as to how:
Make sure you set a passcode as well as setting up face recognition if possible. Make sure you keep any passwords discreet though. If you take out your phone and someone sees you type in the password, this could jeopardise your phone’s security. To keep your phone secure, change your passcodes regularly. Although this may not be a problem for you depending on your school's mobile phone policy and whether you're allowed to keep it in your classroom to start with.
You can also lock your apps with a passcode. This way, if your phone fell into the wrong hands and they managed to unlock your home screen, at least your apps would be protected with a different passcode.
Store it in your bag, and keep it out of sight
Your phone isn’t your only valuable possession. Your bag is, too. Keep it stored away in your handbag, rucksack, laptop bag or briefcase, and make sure it’s out of sight. Some teachers will keep theirs locked away in the desk drawers, with the key kept about their person.
How to keep your phone safe outside the classroom
Keeping your phone safe in the classroom is one thing, but how about outside of the classroom? Going to the staff room for lunch, supervising break times or even conducting a PE lesson present plenty of opportunities for your phone to be stolen or lost.
Don’t stash it in your pocket
If you keep your phone in your pocket it may slip out when sitting down, or even fall out if you’re teaching PE or moving around. Keep your phone safe in a locker, or pop it in your bag which is then locked in your desk drawer.
Arrange a phone amnesty
Everyone can be tempted to check their phone during break time – but this could heighten the chance of it falling into the wrong hands. Why not set up a “phone amnesty”, where staff agree to keep their phones hidden away for a set number of hours? Although this may be a tricky one to get passed your colleagues!
What if your phone gets stolen or lost at school?
In the unfortunate event of your phone getting damaged, lost or stolen, you may be at a loss of what to do next. Losing a phone can be stressful especially when it contains messages from family, treasured photos and even payment details. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have the right gadget insurance in place for your phone.
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