France government just passed a new bill which bans the use of smartphones in schools. But experts fear excessive mobile phone use and the allure of the internet may be fuelling cyber-addiction, sleep disruption and bullying. Our main role is to protect children and adolescents.
Today Theresa May will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in France, as the British PM races to secure support for a deal pending her country's upcoming exit from the European Union. The latest prohibition will completely forbid phone use between classes and even during meal times, although schools have been given the option to make "pedagogical" exceptions.
However, some politicians were less welcoming of the new law, with some abstaining from the vote altogether. Critics have called the law a "publicity stunt" that would change nothing, according to Agence France-Presse.
Blanquer had previously suggested that pupils should leave their phones in secure boxes when they arrive at school, but critics pointed out the logistical issues of such a scheme.
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Any sexual act by an adult with a child younger than 15 can be prosecuted as a sexual offence under current French law.
A recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom suggests roughly 66% of all mobile technology users suffer from some form of "nomophobia" - a relatively new term derived from phrase "No Mobile Phone Phobia". Our dependence on smartphones is proving to be troublesome for many.
A French student puts his smartphone in an envelope to give to supervisors before an exam at the Arago high school in Paris, in this file photo.
French telecoms regulator ARCEP claims that over 90% of French children between the ages of 12 and 17 had mobile phones in 2016, up from 72% in 2005.