Although smartphones have become essential parts of our everyday lives, there have been numerous debates regarding children’s smartphone usage. Although some parents and educators are still against use of technological devices in classroom, computing devices such as tablets and lightweight computers such as Chromebooks have become essential parts of classrooms in several countries. Interestingly, France has now decided to ban use of smartphones in classroom.
According to a new rule in the country, starting from September 2018, students will be allowed to bring their smartphones to school but won’t be allowed to use them until school ends. When the new rule becomes active, it will apply to primary, junior and middle schools.
Talking about the latest legislation, Jean-Michel Blanquer, minister of French education said, “Sometimes you need a mobile for teaching reasons … for urgent situations, but their use has to be somehow controlled. It’s good that children are not too often, or even at all, in front of a screen before the age of seven.”
At the moment however, education officials are trying to find out a pragmatic way to implement the new rule. Considering storing phones and giving them back at the end of the school period can be pretty time consuming, we will have to wait to see how the school authorities tackles the situations. The move comes as schools are trying to minimize classroom distractions as well as cheating. However, given that smartphones are prevalent compared to last decade, we will have to wait to find out how long the latest ban stay in place.