France brings in new law banning children from using mobile phones at school
France has introduced a law banning children from using their mobile phones at school.
The ban covers all primary and middle schools in the country for the entire day, including during breaks, but with exceptions in cases of emergency and for disabled children.
Pupils are requested to shut down their mobiles or put them in a locker and the law allows teachers to confiscate phones until the end of the day if children donât stick to the rules.
High schools can voluntarily implement the measure, which also bans children from using personal tablets and smart watches at school.
Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer hopes the ban will help children focus on lessons, socialise better and cut back on their social media use.
Mr Blanquer called it âa law for the 21st centuryâ and said it would improve discipline among Franceâs 12 million schoolchildren.Advertisement Advertisement
He previously said: âBeing open to technologies of the future doesnât mean we have to accept all their uses.â
It is also designed to fight online bullying and prevent thefts and violence in school, he said.
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