France instates stricter ban on smartphone and tablet use in schools

France instates stricter ban on smartphone and tablet use in schools
Every parent knows how hard it can be to get children of all ages to leave their phones aside for more than a few minutes at once, but starting this fall, French students will need to focus on educational activities while attending school.

After taking pretty drastic measures against the texting and driving plague back in February, French lawmakers passed a new piece of legislation earlier this week effectively banning both the use of smartphones and tablets in schools for pupils aged 3 to 15.

In fact, all types of Internet-connected devices, presumably including smartwatches and everything else, are prohibited on school premises. If students can’t leave them at home for whatever reason, they’ll have to keep them switched off at all times as protection against the so-called “screen addiction” phenomenon.

Technically, France already had a similar bill enacted a number of years ago, but the revised law is tougher and clearer, getting rid of ambiguous stipulations like smartphone use prohibition “during all teaching activity.”

The only exceptions are disabled students, extra-curricular duties, as well as “pedagogical use”, which also sounds fairly vague, but will most likely require the explicit approval of an educator. High school teachers and administrators are still offered the choice to adopt the ban themselves or opt for a less draconian method of keeping “bad mobile phone use” under control.

French president Emmanuel Macron had promised to institute stricter legislation of this nature while running for office last year, with a Parliament vote of 62 to 1 finally supporting the campaign pledge, although a number of elected political opponents chose to abstain from formally expressing their opinion.

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6 Comments

1. cjreyes666

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Good for them, hopefully the US will follow suit. But again I don't know why a kid would have a cell phone in the first place. Most of us grew up in a age where cell phones were a luxury and yet we are here.

2. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Times change. People who are stuck in the past need to move on "In my day we never...." Oh Shut Up! Technology is everywhere and by depriving kids of using mobile phones, you are in fact doing more harm than good.

3. Fellwalker

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Nothing to do with 'in my day'. Phones are not needed in class, where they are a distraction.

6. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

I was reply to the old mans comment above, so in that regards it has everything to do with 'in my day'

4. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

You don't know that you're doing more harm than good, nobody knows this. Nothing wrong with limiting use. Unless you're talking going full cold turkey, which would probably be a hindrance, I also wouldn't completely abstain from their use altogether.

5. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

A study has been conducted by the aliens on Mars and they have proven this to be a fact. This has also been corroborated by the study conducted by Cambridge University which proves what I have said is correct.

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