France bans use of phone in schools

Published: September 03, 2018 16:15:58 | Updated: September 05, 2018 14:51:28

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French children who are going back to school Monday after summer vacation will have to do so without their mobile phones.

The government passed a law banning phone use in all primary and middle schools for the entire day, including during breaks -with exceptions in cases of emergency and for disabled children.

Pupils are requested to shut down their mobiles or put them in a locker, says an AP report.

High schools can also voluntarily implement the measure.

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said it aims to help children focus on lessons, better socialise and reduce social media use. The ban is also designed to fight online bullying, and prevent thefts and violence in school.

The law allows teachers to confiscate phones until the end of the day in cases of non-compliance.

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