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Education News: US States and School Districts Implement Policies Prohibiting Smartphone Use in Schools – Why?

The Debate Over Smartphone Bans in US Schools: What Experts Say.

Los Angeles Joins Growing Trend of Banning Smartphones in Schools

Los Angeles has recently become the latest addition to a growing list of school districts, states, and cities in the United States that are restricting the use of smartphones in public schools. The debate over the effects of social media and technology on children and young people has prompted this move.

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board, responsible for approximately 1,000 schools, approved a resolution last month to develop a policy that would ban student use of cellphones and social media platforms within 120 days. Although the policy won’t be implemented until 2025, California passed legislation in 2019 allowing school districts to limit smartphone usage during school hours, except for emergencies.

California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his support for the ban, stating, “When children and teens are in school, they should be focused on their studies, not their screens.”

Other states like Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Florida have already imposed similar restrictions at the statewide level. For instance, Indiana’s Senate Bill 185, signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb, bans students from using devices during school hours. Ohio’s House Bill 250, signed by Governor Mike DeWine, limits smartphone use in classrooms, leaving the implementation up to individual school districts.

Experts on children’s mental health have pointed out the negative impact of smartphones in schools, citing distractions, declining academic performance, and mental health issues. Some argue for a balanced approach that involves regulated use and clear guidelines to harness the benefits of smartphones while minimizing drawbacks.

While research on the effectiveness of banning smartphones in schools is inconclusive, some studies have shown positive outcomes. Policy Exchange, a British think tank, published a study demonstrating a correlation between effective phone bans and improved school performance.

Ultimately, the debate continues on whether banning smartphones in schools is the best solution to address the challenges posed by technology and social media. The consensus seems to be leaning towards a more balanced approach that promotes positive smartphone use while addressing the concerns surrounding excessive screen time.

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