France BANS mobile phones in school to combat bullying and pornography

Sep 3, 2018 by

  • Children under 15 banned from using electronic devices at school from today
  • New rules brought in by President Emmanuel Macron during election pledge
  • Ban hoped to combat rise in violence, porn and bullying as well as falling grades
  • Critics dismissed the measure as a PR exercise and difficult to enforce

Children in France will be banned from using mobile phones at school to in a bid to stop the spread of bullying, violence and pornography.

All junior and primary schools in the country have been hit with the new ban, which also covers tablets and smart watches, and begins today.

The new rule, which was a campaign pledge of President Emmanuel Macron, was brought in under a law passed in July.

High schools, which teach students aged 15 to 18, can introduce partial or total bans on electronic devices as they reopen after the summer break, though this will not be obligatory.

Proponents say the law, which has caused widespread controversy, will reduce distraction in the classroom, combat bullying, and encourage children to be more physically active during break time.

French President Emmanuel Macron made the ban on phones in schools a campaign pledge before his election in 2017

Marie-Caroline Madeleine, 41, said after dropping her daughter off for the first day of middle school in Paris: ‘I think it’s a good thing.

‘It’s a good signal that says “school is for studying”, it’s not about being on your phone.

‘It’s hard with adolescents, you can’t control what they see and that’s one of the things that worries me as a parent.’

Nearly 90 per cent of French 12 to 17-year-olds have a mobile phone, and supporters hope the ban will limit the spread of violent and pornographic content among children.

Source: France BANS mobile phones in school to combat bullying and pornography | Daily Mail Online

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