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Move to ban mobile phones for students

Twenty-two deputies to the Shanghai People’s Congress have proposed a ban on mobile phones and similar electronic devices in schools.

The ban should cover all kindergartens, primary schools and junior middle schools. That includes schoolchildren aged between 3 and 15.

Using mobile phones is not good for students’ eyesight and spine, diverts their attention in class, exposes them to unhealthy information such as violence and pornography, and can even affect their relations with their parents, the deputies said.

The city’s education commission has issued guidance to schools on this issue, and some schools have banned or restricted use of mobile phones in campuses, but the rules could be hard to implement without clear stipulations in the law.

They proposed a revision of the city’s regulations on protection of minors to ban the use of mobile phones on campus for students up to the ninth grade, except for teaching purposes or for students with special needs.

The students can take their phones to school, but they will have to keep them locked up at the entrance. If they need to contact their parents, they can ask the teachers.

France banned mobile phones on campuses for students up to the ninth grade in July 2018.


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