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France bans smartphones in schools

04 August, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • France bans smartphones, tablets in schools: report

French school students will now have to leave their smartphones at home or switched off as lawmakers have voted for its ban, promised by President Emmanuel Macron in his election campaign.

The blanket ban, which also prohibits the use of computers, tablets and other internet-connected devices, will come into effect next month when the new school session commences in the country.

The only exceptions are for "pedagogical use", extra-curricular activities or disabled pupils.

Agence France-Presse reports that a softer ban - which prevented smartphone usage during class hours - has already been in practice since 2010.

"General ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges", Blanquer tweeted on Monday (complete with the two camera emoji ). Some politicians chose to abstain from the vote, declaring that the new law would have little effect in schools.

French high school students use smartphones and tablet computers at the vocational school in Bischwiller, eastern France.

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Starting this school year, French students won't be seeing much of their phones during the day.

Screen addiction has a new name, "nomophobia", or "NO MObile PHOne phoBIA", a term being applied to people who fear not being able to access their smartphone or device.

However, this isn't the first time the French government is making a law to limit the use of smartphones. Students with disabilities are not included in the ban.

The ban will affect millions of children with politicians estimating that more than 90 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have a phone, according to French telecoms regulator ARCEP.

It has been left up to secondary schools to decide individually whether or not they want to enforce this ban in their schools as well, either partially or totally. It was found that the NY ban was being disproportionately enforced at schools in low-income areas that had security measures like metal detectors, and families had to pay for the on-site phone storage out of their own pockets.

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