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France Bans Usage of Smartphones in Schools

Paris (August 01, 2018): French children will have to leave their smartphones and smart devices at home or switched off when they are at school.

A rule passed by lawmakers in French parliament, which states that the ban on smartphones as well as other kinds of internet-connected devices, such as tablets, applies to schoolchildren between 3 and 15 years of age.Jean-Michel Blanquer, Education Minister of France, said in a statement to national media, that we know today that there is a phenomenon of screen addiction, the phenomenon of bad mobile phone use. Our main role is to protect children and adolescents. It is a fundamental role of education, and this law allows it.

The law fulfills one of President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promises. It passed 62 votes to one, supported by members of Macron’s centrist La République en Marche! party.
Some lawmakers from the right and the left abstained, claiming the law would change little.

Alexis Corbière, a deputy from the left-wing Unbowed France party and a former teacher, said that this isn’t a 21st century law in our eyes, but a law from the era of news channels and binary debate.

He added, referring to a 2010 law, that in reality, the ban has already been made, and I don’t know a single teacher in this country that allows the use of phones in class.
A law approved in 2010 banned the use of smartphones during all teaching activity.

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