Should mobile phones be banned in schools?

Last updated at 09:11
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How would you cope if you weren't allowed your mobile phone in school?

Although some schools here in the UK already have that rule, in France it's now the law.

It means mobile phones can't be used in primary and junior schools there. It affects pupils from when they start school until they are around 15 years old.

Tablets and smart watches are also banned.

The French Government says it's decided to bring in the new law to help stop pupils being distracted by phones during class.

It's also hoped it will help kids make friends more easily and be more physically active at break time, as well as helping to tackle online bullying.

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Ban on mobile phones in French Schools

Not everyone in France is in favour of the ban though.

Some people have questioned how it will be enforced.

The French government says schools can decide how to implement the new rules. It's recommended that students' phones are stored in lockers during the day, but not all schools have lockers.

Some schools in the UK already have their own rules on mobile phone use.

Own It has speaking to pupils at one in Scotland to see how they're finding school life without one.

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What's it like having a mobile phone ban at school?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Squiddy121343

    7 Nov 2018 17:46
    It's good, we're not allowed phones at my school, we have to hand them in when we get in, and can only retrieve them when we're on our way out. I don't think there's anything wrong or odd with not being allowed to use them. If we need to call home, there's a landline phone at the office, and so there's no trouble with it.
  • Comment number 11. Posted by U17142016

    6 Sep 2018 7:34
    I agree pink fizzy lemonade
  • Comment number 10. Posted by Mimi_Glitter

    4 Sep 2018 21:01
    we cant use them at anytime whilst we r at schl but we can us them afterwards and before
  • Comment number 9. Posted by U17076497

    4 Sep 2018 18:21
    we have to have them turned off in a lockers and can't turn them on till we're out of the gates.
  • Comment number 8. Posted by U17143702

    4 Sep 2018 17:31
    I think phones should only be used in break and lunch times
  • Comment number 7. Posted by Pink Fizzy Lemonade

    4 Sep 2018 16:48
    What if you need to message your parents
  • Comment number 6. Posted by Wolfie

    4 Sep 2018 15:39
    I think that phones should be banned in primary schools but in secondary schools you use them a lot especially in senior years
  • Comment number 5. Posted by jelly_ferret

    4 Sep 2018 13:53
    We can bring our phones to school which is useful for doing revision before tests
  • Comment number 4. Posted by hairstable9

    4 Sep 2018 13:25
    I think phones should be banned because it means no talking and people always playing loud music and people might not like it
  • Comment number 3. Posted by Emily

    4 Sep 2018 10:54
    although the ban may limit the amount of online bullying and distraction during lessons, French pupils only stay at school for half the day and only a small proportion stay for lunch (demi-pensionnaire). during the 21st century, many students use their spare time to do research for homework but with limited computer access in some schools, some students would suffer without access to their phones.
    many school offer restricting wifi which doesn't allow social media to be used while connected. this is just one of the ways to limit online bullying, so that such measures don't have to be taken