Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

France Has Banned Smartphones In Schools

France Has Banned Smartphones In Schools

Secondary schools for their part can decide individually whether to impose a partial or total ban on connected devices.

French students will soon have to leave their phones at home before heading to school after a new law banning the devices passed on Monday.

France is banning smartphone use in schools for students under the age of 15.

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The ban, which will apply to pupils up to the age of 15, is created to send a message to French society according to Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.

One study by the London School of Economics found that after phones were banned, students' performance in exams significantly increased and "restricting mobile phone use can be a low-priced policy to reduce educational inequalities".

While the ban applies to all students between the age of three and 15, specially-abled students who use the devices for classrooms and extra-curricular activities have been exempted.

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High schools will have the option to choose whether to adopt the ban. This new law has an exception for disabled students and all other students have to follow this law immediately. Students with disabilities are free from the new law.

The new law bans children from using phones in school playgrounds, at break times, or anywhere on school premises. Going further, a South Korean study found that teenagers with internet and smartphone addiction showed reduced levels of control and attention. "In reality, the ban has already been made", he added, referring to a 2010 law.

French children starting school in September won't be allowed to bring their smartphones in with them in a bid to curb "screen addiction".

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Almost nine in ten French teenagers aged between 12 to 17 own a smartphone.

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