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‘Just turn the thing off’: Rugby League legend calls for smartphone regulations

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Rugby League great Brad Fittler is calling on authorities to regulate the use of smartphones in schools in the wake of the NRL’s sex tape scandal.

The NSW Blues coach last year limited phone use amongst his team during the State of Origin series.

Fittler, 47, compares society’s obsession with electronics to alcohol, drug or gambling addictions.

He tells Chris Smith there should be provisions in schools around the use of smartphones.

“I think it’d be a massive neglect if the government didn’t step in.

“The world has just become incredibly anxious.

“I find it hilarious how smart we are and how easy we’re being sucked into smartphones. Just turn the thing off.”

But Fittler says the NRL sex tape scandal cannot be blamed on smartphones.

“That just comes down to good old fashioned manners and respect really.”

Click PLAY to listen to the full interview 

Following the interview with Brad Fittler, Chris was made aware of a mum whose phone rules for her 12-year-old son went viral.

See Mel Watts’ 17 rules below. 

1. You acknowledge that if phone is broken or lost, you are to replace it or fix it at your own cost. We have taken the responsibility to provide you with a top of the range screen protector and cover.

2. Always answer your parents’ calls. If you can’t answer, message us, call us when you can. If no contact is made, then we look for you.

3. Data – once you go over your data you don’t get any extra till you next data top-up.

4. No mobile phones in rooms.

5. Mobile phone is to be given to parents before you go bed – at both houses.

6. Screen times apply. No messaging people before 7.30am, some people actually sleep in, strange huh?!

7. Follow the school’s rules and policies for mobile phones.

8. Do NOT take photos, movies of people who aren’t aware. This includes strangers. Especially if someone asks you not to take image.

9. Do NOT upload anything on social media that you wouldn’t like being uploaded about yourself or your sisters. Or you wouldn’t want your mother or grandmother to see.

10. Don’t troll people on social media.

11. Passwords and account names – accessible at all times. You change the password and we don’t know – IT’S GONE.

12. If you delete and purposefully hide things on your phone, social media or emails, you’ll lose the accounts.

13. Remember what you write and say. Writing something can come across completely differently to what someone might have meant.

14. What you post on social media is forever.

15. If you are being bullied – show us. Don’t hide it.

16. Understand your SIM card and use of our phone is a huge privilege.

17. Any violence, issues that cause us to lose trust in your will result in banned phone.

Chris Smith