New Law Asks California Schools Ban Smartphones In Classrooms

New legislation from Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) would require school boards to lớn adopt policies that limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds.
Reporting from Sacramento—California students could be restricted or banned from using smartphones at school under a bill by a state lawmaker who says the devices can interfere with classroom learning.

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The measure by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) would require school boards to adopt policies that limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds, leaving it up khổng lồ them what their rules would do.

“To the extent that smartphones are becoming too much of a distraction in the classroom, I think every school community needs to have that conversation as lớn when is too much of a good thing getting in the way of educational và social development,” Muratsuchi said Wednesday after introducing the bill.

Many school districts have already banned the use of cellphones, said Muratsuchi, a former Torrance school board member.

Last month, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School Board adopted a policy requiring children in grades K-5 khổng lồ have cellphones turned off và stored out of sight during school hours, while older students face similar restrictions but can obtain teacher approval to lớn use a điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh for academic purposes.

The California School Board Assn. Has not yet taken a position on the bill, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Last year, the French government banned cellphones nationwide at primary and middle schools in a move that President Emmanuel Macron said was aimed at improving student performance. The assemblyman also cited a năm ngoái study by the London School of Economics và Political Science that found thử nghiệm scores improved significantly at schools that banned smartphone phone use, và that the most significant gains were made by the most disadvantaged pupils.

The study concluded that “schools could significantly reduce the education achievement gap by prohibiting điện thoại phone use in schools.”

Muratsuchi was also influenced by the work of San Diego State psychology professor Jean Twenge, tác giả of “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — và Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.”

Twenge found evidence that di động device screen time & social truyền thông media use may increase depression và suicide among American teenagers. Eighth-grade students who spend 10 or more hours per week on social truyền thông media are 56% more likely lớn describe themselves as unhappy than those who devote less time to lớn social media, Twenge said in her findings.

Electronic devices also affect classroom instruction, she said.

“It’s just too tempting for teens to lớn look at their phones during class — and when they do, they are not only distracting themselves, but distracting their classmates và their teacher,” Twenge said Wednesday in an email to The Times.

Muratsuchi said the intent of his bill is to have school boards decide what policies fit for their schools.

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“There is growing national và international evidence of the social và emotional consequences of too much screen time,” he said.