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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：78 更新时间：2017/3/15|
A primary school has put up signs to warn phone-obsessed parents to greet their children with a smile at the end of the day rather than staring at their screens.
It has become a common sight at the school gates to see children running up to their parents, only to find them engrossed in composing a text message, a phone call, or scrolling through Facebook.
Now the headmistress at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, in Middlesbrough, has erected the signs at all three entrances to the school in an attempted crack down.
The signs say: “Greet your child with a smile, not a mobile” and feature a figure with mobile to their ear, crossed out in a red circle.
Liz King, headmistress at St Joseph’s, said: “We are trying to develop our speaking and listening in school and we thought it was a really simple way to get the message across.
“It wasn’t an issue among our parents, it just emphasises that speaking and listening helps the children to have discussions.”
The move had mixed review, with some parents welcoming the signs, saying "it's about time" while others felt it was "a bit daft".
Danielle Parker, a parent, said: “I think they need to be up because everyone picks their kids up on their phones. I’d like to think they’d make a difference.”
Another parent Danielle Savage said: “I agree with it, it’s a good thing. But it only works if you’re having discussions all the time at home, not just when you’re collecting your child.”
A parent of one of the school’s nursery pupils Claire Wilks added: “I think it’s great. It’s about time.”
Some people when questioned were more hesitant about the signs, with one parent, whose child is in the foundation stage, calling the move “a bit daft”.
Lindan Bradley, a pupil at the school, said he agreed with the signs, saying: “Why would kids want to see [parents] on [their] mobile phones all the time?”
It is the latest school to take action against parents picking up their children at the end of the day. Last month, a head teacher banned parents from talking to teachers and set up an exclusion zone to prevent abuse at the school gates.
Fiona Donnelly, headmistress at Sandwood Primary School in Glasgow took the drastic measures following a “rising number of incidents” where family members have behaved “inappropriately”.
Last year, research warned that parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations.
Almost a third of children starting school are not ready for the classroom, with many lacking social skills, having speech problems or not toilet trained, the survey of senior primary school staff found.
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