Today's young people spend most of their time in contact with mobile devices. Their
excessive use carries many risks, such as addiction, cyberbullying and social disruption.
Based on this, this study analysed the mobile phone use of young Czechs between 7
and 17 years old (n = 27.177) and assessed the differences in their behaviour according
to the mobile device use policies of their schools. The results show that the use
of mobile phones was linked to the one of the social networks, YouTube and videogames
for the most part. Similarly, those young people who had them at school preferred
to use them, instead of practicing sports or social activities. On the other hand,
in the centres in which the use of mobile phones was prohibited, they felt bored and
without activities to do. Therefore, it will be necessary for schools to implement
educational policies that encourage activities and areas of social interaction in
the school, especially during recess. However, at the same time, it is recommended
not to prohibit the use of technological devices in the educational centre, since
this fact encourages students to use them secretly and increases their desire to use
them. To this end, its use in the classroom is advocated from an educational perspective,
thus promoting collaborative learning and increasing student motivation.