By Shive Prema For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 13:36 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 13:36 BST, 21 September 2019
'Over-anxious' parents are so scared of losing touch with their children they are giving them smart watches to take to school despite anti-smartphone rules.
All NSW primary school students are banned from using smartphones while Victoria is set to ban the devices from all state schools, primary and secondary, next year.
Some parents have found a loophole in 'anti-smartphone' rules and are sending their kids to schools with smart watches instead, according to The Herald Sun.
'Over-anxious' parents are so scared of losing touch with their children they are telling them to break the rules and refuse to take off smart watches at school (stock image)
Cyber safety educator Leonie Smith said schoolkids as young as eight were being given connected smartwatches for texting and calling their parents.
'A lot of parents are already trying to get around mobile phone bans by giving their children smartwatches. They have this fear that says they need to know where their kids are all the time,' she told The Herald Sun.
'There's even a group of parents out there who have told their children, "if someone tries to take your smartwatch off you, that's not a trustworthy adult". How are teachers supposed to deal with that?'
Ms Smith said some parents were actively confronting school