Students in France have one less thing to put in their backpacks these days. The country recently banned smartphones in public schools for all students through ninth grade. Many schools in the United States have similar bans.
Some educators say kids pay better attention in class when they aren’t constantly looking at their phones. These teachers say banning phones encourages students to talk to each other more and helps cut down on cyberbullying.
Most teachers agree that they don’t want a classroom full of kids texting. But many say a total ban on phones isn’t necessary. Some people argue that it’s better to teach kids to use technology responsibly than to take it away. Plus, many parents point out that they need to be able to reach their kids during the day.