Parents of children at Consett Academy in County Durham have joined an online protest group on Facebook after the school banned the use of mobile phones.

More than 170 people have joined the group so far, raising concerns that the mobile phone ban is heavy handed, reports the Evening Chronicle.

The protest shows that new smartphones – such as the iPhone and Galaxy SIII – have become a way of life for many.

One of the key concerns for parents was that the school's headmaster Kevin Reynolds did not consult them over the ban.

However, the school master claimed that the ban was "common sense" and pointed to the rise in cyberbullying cases as the reason for introducing the measures.

Mobile phone bans are not just a concern for school children either, with the government coming under increasing pressure to increase the penalties for illegal handset use on Britain's roads, according to the RAC.

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