French schools ban smartphones

French schools ban smartphones

French schools ban smartphones

French high schools will be able to decide on an individual basis whether to impose a partial or total ban on connected devices.

French President Emmanuel Macron campaigned on the promise to introduce the ban and it was passed by his La République en Marche party 62 votes to one.

Lawmakers passed the law on Monday according to a report from Agence France-Presse.

While the lawmakers from President Macron's centrist LREM party finally approved the ban that was put forward in December past year, the lawmakers from the left and right abstained from voting touting the ban as a "publicity stunt".

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He previously also said that the ban was designed during the summer holidays for the health of children and adolescents as they are spending their breaks on smartphones, tablets or other smart devices.

The law makes exceptions for educational use, extracurricular activities, and students who have disabilities.

"This isn't a 21st century law in our eyes, but a law from the era of news channels and binary debate", Mr Corbiere said.

"I don't know a single teacher in this country that allows the use of phones in class". New York City had a cell phone ban for students in the area - a policy which Mayor de Blasio lifted in 2015.

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This ban stems from a fear that students are becoming far too dependent on and distracted by their smartphones, but some critics from both sides of the aisle in France are saying that the ban won't accomplish much, and presents logistical problems such as phone storage. Going further, a South Korean study found that teenagers with internet and smartphone addiction showed reduced levels of control and attention.

Politicians voted to ban them, smartwatches and tablets from school grounds across the country.

Many schools around the world already ban the use of phones. Nearly nine in ten French teens between the ages of 12 to 17 own a smartphone.

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