New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms

New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms
gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com, 8 July 2019

Pupils using mobile phone at the elementary school during recreation time. Group of multiethnic children sitting in a row and typing a message on smartphone. Young boys and girls playing with cellphone.

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – California public and charter schools can now ban students from using smartphones in class and at school, except under certain circumstances.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 272 in early July.

The new law asks all school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to come up with smartphone policies to limit or prohibit student use at school.

AB 272 does allow for certain allowances, including:

  • In the case of an emergency, or in response to a perceived threat of danger.
  • When a teacher or administrator of the school district, county office of education, or charter school grants permission to a pupil to possess or use a smartphone, subject to any reasonable limitation imposed by that teacher or administrator.
  • When a licensed physician or surgeon determines that the possession or use of a smartphone is necessary for the health or well-being of the pupil.
  • When the possession or use of a smartphone is required by a pupil’s individualized education program.

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The bill’s author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance), said, “There is growing evidence that unrestricted use of smartphones by students in schools interferes with the educational mission of the school, lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils, promotes cyberbullying, and contributes to teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide. .”

According to the bill analysis,

“ A 2015 Discussion Paper from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Center for Economic Performance, “Ill Communication: Technology, Distraction and Student Performance” studied four English city school systems that had banned cell phone use in schools in 2013. The authors of the paper found that student test scores improved by 6.41% of a standard deviation when schools banned cell phone use. The effect was driven by the most disadvantaged and underachieving pupils. The results suggest that low-achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones, while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy. ”

A Pew Research Center study conducted in 2018 found 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, a 22% increase since 2014-15.

A psychology professor at San Diego State University found in 2017: “8th grade pupils who spend 10 or more hours per week on social media are 56% more likely to describe themselves as unhappy than those who devote less time to social media. Moreover, teenagers who spend three hours per day or more on electronic devices are 35% more likely to demonstrate risk factors for suicide, such as suicidal ideation; and, teenagers who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71% more likely to demonstrate a risk factor for suicide.”

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According to a study done by Common Sense Media,

13-18-year-olds spend:

  • 8:56 a day consuming entertainment on TV, computer, smartphone
  • 6:40 a day of screen media

8-12-year-olds spend:

  • 5:55 a day consuming entertainment on TV, computer, smartphone
  • 4:36 of screen media

The new law does not apply to private schools.

Source : California schools smartphone banMieuxprevenir

Les smartphones définitivement bannis des écoles vaudoises

Les smartphones définitivement bannis des écoles vaudoises
rts.ch/info, 26 juin 2019

Les téléphones portables seront interdits durant les cours, les récréations, les sorties scolaires et les camps des écoliers vaudois jusqu’en 11P. Le Département de la formation a pris cette décision après une expérience pilote jugée concluante.

Depuis la rentrée 2018-2019, dix établissements scolaires testent une telle interdiction. Concrètement, les écoliers doivent éteindre et ranger smartphones et dispositifs connectés personnels durant le temps scolaire, rappelle jeudi le Département de la formation et de la jeunesse (DFJC).

Qualifiée de bénéfique par « la quasi-totalité des acteurs concernés », l’expérience s’étendra dès la prochaine rentrée à tous les écoliers du cycle obligatoire. Les parents bénéficieront de conseils sur l’utilisation des écrans qui seront ajoutés à l’agenda dès la rentrée d’août.

« Renforcer les échanges »

L’objectif de cette mesure est de favoriser la concentration, la capacité d’apprentissage et les interactions. Reste que ces outils peuvent être utilisés à des fins pédagogiques.

« L’interdiction des téléphones portables à la récréation va renforcer les échanges entre les élèves qui est essentielle au développement des enfants », avait expliqué la conseillère d’Etat Cesla Amarelle avant le lancement du projet pilote en août 2018.

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Source – Smartphones definitivement bannis des ecoles vaudoises

avec – L’interview de Cesla Amarelle, conseillère d’Etat en charge de la formation


Switzerland: Smartphones definitively banned from schools in canton Vaud
rts.ch/info, 26 June 2019 – translation

Mobile phones will be banned during classes, breaks, school outings and camps for Waldensian schoolchildren in canton Vaud until 11P [age 15]. The Training Department made this decision after a pilot experiment that was deemed successful.

Since the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, ten schools have been testing such a ban. In concrete terms, schoolchildren must turn off and store smartphones and connected personal devices during school hours, says the Department of Training, Youth and Culture (DFJC) on Thursday.

Described as beneficial by « almost all the actors concerned », the experience will be extended to all pupils in the compulsory cycle from the next school year onwards. Parents will benefit from advice on the use of the screens that will be added to the agenda as of the beginning of the August school year.

« Strengthen exchanges »

The objective of this measure is to promote concentration, learning ability and interaction. However, these tools can be used for educational purposes.

« The ban on mobile phones at recess will strengthen exchanges between students, which is essential for children’s development, » explained State Councillor Cesla Amarelle before the launch of the pilot project in August 2018.

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English Translation Source – Original article in French