School Urges Parents To Put Away Phones And Talk To Children During Pick Up

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A school has asked parents to put down their phones and communicate with their children at the end of the day. 

The signs at the entrances to Redwood Primary School in Sinfin, Derby, encourage parents & carers to “greet your child with a smile, not a mobile”.


It’s not uncommon to see a child being picked up from school by a parent or carer who’s engrossed in their phone, or even with headphones in.

But it appears that the school has had a predominantly positive response, with most agreeing with the sentiment of the new signs and call to action.

Two of the school’s teachers, Rachel Kirk and Sarah Chaffe, created signs for each of the school’s entrance gates.

“What we’ve been trying to do is put together lots of ideas for our parents to help them be more effective when they’re chatting with their children at home,” said Ms Kirk.

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“The signs are really just to remind parents how important it is to greet their children and encourage them to get into a conversation about all the fun things they have done that day.”

Kerri Hilton, a parent with two children at the school, said: “Parents shouldn’t need to be told to pay attention to their children. 

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“I always ask how their day was and what their favourite part of the day was.

“If you stood in the playground at home time and looked around – the amount of people on phones is shocking. It’s sad to see that a phone becomes a priority over a child.”

Another parent agreed with the signs, and said often parents were too distracted to keep an eye on their child. 

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“They don’t know what’s going off so I totally agree with it,” said Cora Doherty.

Have you witnessed similar at your child’s school? Do you think your school should put up similar signs?

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