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France bans use of smartphones in schools

France bans use of smartphones in schools

Under a new legislation, French students will be prohibited from using smartphones and tablets while at school.

The law, which was originally parcelled in President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign, was elevated to a matter of public health amidst concerns French youth have become super-connected.

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France endorsed a blanket ban on smartphone usage for drivers (even those who pull over) earlier this year, so more austere action in school settings is not unexpected.

There are reports that a softer ban — which prevented smartphone usage during class hours — has already been in practice since 2010.

The latest prohibition will completely forbid phone use between classes and even during meal times, although schools have been given the option to make ‘pedagogical’ exceptions.

 

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