France Forbids Smartphones, Tablets Use In School Campus

France Forbids Smartphones, Tablets Use In School Campus

There are few exceptions under the new law.

The official legislative wording states that the students under the age of 15 are strictly not allowed to use the smartphones and other smart devices in the classroom during each session.

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

French president Emmanuel Macron had promised to institute stricter legislation of this nature while running for office a year ago, 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. The measure prohibits the use of internet-connected devices, except for educational purposes. Some politicians made a decision to abstain from the vote, declaring that the new law would have little effect in schools.

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A recent study showed that nearly nine out of 10 students own a smartphone in France and a high number of complaints have been reported by school teachers regarding the students who engage in messaging and chatting in the class.

The ban, which will go into effect in September, is meant to help students focus in school, and was created out of concern that students are becoming addicted to mobile phone use. The ban applies to pupils up to the age of 14-15.

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. Students with disabilities are not included in the ban. Nearly nine in ten French teens between the ages of 12 to 17 own a smartphone.

Secondary schools are reportedly given the choice to opt-in on the full ban or enforce a less strict version.

The new law is due to go into effect in September.

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