IF you see anyone in Uxbridge wearing a surgical mask, holding a disinfectant spray and speaking into a polythene bag, don’t worry, it’ll probably be me.
I’ve just read that there tend to be more bacteria on the average mobile phone than you will find in a toilet. A microbiologist in America found in tests on phones that there were 10 times the number of bugs that can cause nausea and stomach problems than were present in the average loo.
Apparently it’s because we rarely, if ever, clean our mobiles and they are often passed, literally, from hand to mouth. Yuk.
Schools trying to ban mobile phones might like to use this as an argument. They could be handed in for safekeeping and regular ‘cleaning’ every morning and collected at home time.
OK, just a daft thought. I know it wouldn’t work… for a start, who would want the job of using antibacterial wipes on hundreds of ‘bugged’ phones?
Teachers union NASUWT supports a ban on mobiles in schools, as 46 per cent of its members claim they are a cause of disruption and indiscipline. Interestingly, they were particularly worried about pupils taking photographs in lessons and posting material on YouTube and social networking sites.
The chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, banned them when he was headteacher of a school in Hackney and he said it had immediate benefits. However, his organisation – Ofsted – has no power to impose a clampdown on mobiles in classrooms, and each school must decide for itself.
What do you think?
? Talking of keeping calm, I was chatting to someone (not from this area) the other day about security in shopping centres.
I remembered an incident earlier this year in The Chimes shopping centre – as it was still called then – when threatening behaviour between two groups of youths would definitely have developed into a fight had it not been for the calm manner of two security staff. They broke the groups up without raising their voices or manhandling the protagonists. It made me realise how safe we are at our shops.
Shamefully, we are quick to complain when things go wrong, but we just take this sort of thing for granted, don’t we?