France’s education minister announced that mobile phones will be banned from primary, junior, and middle schools, calling it a matter of “public health.”
While phones are already prohibited in classrooms in France, starting in September 2018 students won’t be allowed to use them on breaks, at lunch, or between lessons either.
“These days, the children don’t play at break time anymore,” Jean-Michel Blanquer said, according to the Local, an English-language publication. “They are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view, that’s a problem.”
However teachers are concerned they’ll be required to search students to make sure they have left all phones in their lockers.
“How is the school going to stock them? And how are they going to make sure they’re given back to the owner at the end of school?” asked Gérard Pommier, head of the Federation of Parents in State Schools.
YES! Please make this a ruling at all schools worldwide.
The hardest part of school now is trying to make new friends when they have always their heads stuck in their phone and won’t interact with people anymore. It creates a huge barrier and can be quite isolating for them.
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