Dinner Table Conversation: Why Did The French Say “Non!” To Cell Phones?

September 28, 2018

Does your school ban candy? Or perhaps toys? Well, schools in France recently implemented a ban on a very popular device—you guessed it—cell phones! Seen as a distraction, phones and even tablets are forbidden at French schools (although in some cases, they can be brought to school but must be turned off). What’s the concern? Well, device addiction, for one. The French education minister sees the law as protecting children and adolescents. Interestingly enough, parents don’t oppose the ban, but teachers are skeptical about how it can be enforced. Will students figure out sneaky ways to continue using their devices? Perhaps!

Before this law, French rules stated that phones were not to be used when class was in session, but this new step bans their use anywhere in schools. Other countries are considering such a ban, but in the US, these rules are often governed by each individual school.

We want to hear what you think of the ban. Is it a good idea or a bad idea? We will be featuring the best answers in our gallery!