SCHOOL leaders at Swan Christian College are trying out ideas to encourage more face-to-face interaction at break time and less virtual play.
School leaders have put together a program of competitions and games to lure students away from their mobile phones and other screen devices during downtime.
Principal Adrian Scott said research showed students who engaged with one another at break time reduced bullying at school.
He said while there was no plan to ban mobile phones at the Middle Swan school, teachers agreed to take a harder line on misuse of screens.
Students are not allowed to use their phones during the school day and phones must be switched off between 8.25am and 3.15pm.
“We are trying to be realistic and educate our students about screen time and the amount of time spent on mobile phones, and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback from parents,” he said.