There are countries around the world that are talking about banning cell phones in schools as they are becoming a problem for students, they just cannot focus on studying. Distracting students in class is the rationale for the French ban on cell phones in schools as of July 2018. This policy will come into effect in 2018 and 2019 and will impact students from kindergarten to 9th grade. According to sources, one study done by the London School of Economics marked the impact of banning cell phones with test scores. The study showed that kids who attend schools with cell phone bans were testing higher with the lower IQ students the ones who benefit the most. The low-performing students see grades improve.
Right now 95 percent of American adults own cell phones of which 77 percent are smartphones. Also, a Pew Research poll shows that 45 percent of adults say they are online on a constant basis. Some say that cell phones help students learn more allowing them to be self-sufficient learners who access information on their phones. While others are saying that enforcing a cell phone ban will be almost impossible. Teachers at some schools are using workarounds – allowing students to use phones only at only certain hours each day.
More on this topic in coming articles.