The French government has passed a law banning the use of mobiles by children under the age of 15 in schools. The ban includes all personal mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops etc); pupils are allowed to take the devices with them but they must be switched off from the time the enter and leave the school grounds, even during break times.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister, stated the ban was a public health warning to families:
“It’s good that children are not too often, or even at all, in front of a screen before the age of seven.”
French President Emmanuel Macron championed the idea during his election campaign this year. The reaction has been mixed from parents and students. Many questioning how it will be enforced while others are unsure how the mobiles will be secured away from the pupils but at the same time accessible in emergencies. Exceptions have been made extra-curricular activities & disabled pupils. This appears to expand on a previous law introduced in 2010 which was not seen as strong and wide reaching enough in a society where nearly 9 out of 10 French children between the ages of 12 – 17 own a smartphone.