French president Emmanuel Macron made a promise during his presidential campaign that seems to have held strong, with the French government recently voting to ban the use of smartphones in French schools.
Whilst this isn’t a blanket ban on taking smartphones into schools, the law will state that students 15 years of age or younger must either leave their mobile phones at home or have them permanently turned off while on school premises.
The laws will also contain clauses to minimise the use of other smart devices that can be connected to the internet and therefore prove a distraction to students (cat videos are educational though, right?)
The ban will hope to improve concentration levels in classrooms and send a health message to the public regarding the excessive use of mobile devices. It may also help to reduce cyber bullying and improve the overall wellbeing of students both in and out of the classroom.
Whilst many are accusing the ban of being ‘behind the times’, the French government stands by its decision noting that most schools already ban the use of smartphones during class time.
Do you think smartphones should be banned in schools?
Source: The Verge