French schoolchildren under the age of 15 cannot use their cellphones at any point during the school day, thanks to the new nationwide law.
The ban that was passed in July following a campaign pledge made by the French President Emmanuel Macron affects elementary and junior high schools across the country. The law bans all types of cellphones, as well as tablets and smartwatches.
And while the ban on cellphones during class hours was already in place in the country since 2010, the new law bans any kind of a cellphone, tablet, or a smartwatch during the breaks and mealtimes.
Schools can choose themselves if they will implement the ban for students aged over 15, and there are some exceptions to the ban for students with disabilities.
The law has been popularly called “a law for the 21st century”, and students have to turn their phones off during the day or put them in lockers under the new law. The Associated Press reports that schools will deal with the logistics of how students will be kept away from their phones independently.
French President Macron believes students were becoming too dependent on and distracted by their smartphones, and Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer hailed the legislation as “a law for the 21st century”, and said that it would improve discipline among France’s 12 million schoolchildren.
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