"Greet your child with a smile - not a mobile"

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School has put signs up that read "greet your child with a smile - not a mobile". Credit: ITV News

You've heard of phones being banned from the classroom, but now the school gates too. This time, it's parents, not pupils being told to put them away.

A school in Middlesbrough is trying to discourage parents from using their mobile phones when they're dropping off or collecting their children.

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School has put signs up that read "greet your child with a smile - not a mobile". It says parents should be talking to children about their day, rather than being distracted by a screen.

Our reporter Tom Sheldrick spoke to parents at the school gates in the following report:

The school told us that none of the staff were available for an interview. But it did give us the following statement.

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