With effect from September 2018, elementary school students in France will not be allowed to use mobile phones in school during break-time or lunch/recess. France’s education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer called it a “matter of public health” and said, “These days the children don’t play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view that’s a problem.”
The mobile phone ban shall apply to all primary, junior, and middle school students, up to the age of 15. Reactions have been negative, for the most part. While teachers are concerned about how such a ban would be implemented, parents worry about not being able to get in touch with children, and say that leaving phones at home is not an option, since they want contact during the trip to and from school.
Blanquer’s ministry is working on figuring out how to make the plan feasible, he has suggested stashing phones in lockers at the start of the day.