Minister Simon Harris has said schools should be given resources to follow the lead of Greystones schools.
Today, Minister Simon Harris has said schools should be given resources to follow the lead of Greystones schools, which have agreed on a pledge of no smartphones until the children have finished primary school.
Minister Harris has recently written to the Department of Education on this matter.
Minister Harris said: "Greystones and Delgany have led the way. The eight schools, parents and the communities have come together to agree this initiative.
"I believe the results will be transformative for the children, their families and our local communities.
"I really believe most schools want to follow the same path but maybe don't know where to start or how to do it.
"It is really important for the Government to step in and find resources to assist schools navigate this journey. Minister Foley has shown real commitment to this issue and I know this is something she will prioritise.
"The anxiety levels among our children can be driven and increased by smartphones and online activity.
"Most parents do not know what is happening online. Any attempt to assist and protect children and their parents is worth doing."