France extends ban on mobile phones in schools

From the beginning of the new school year in September, mobile phones will be completely banned in French elementary and middle schools, declared Jean-Michel Blanquer, the minister of education.

Until now, cell phones were only banned to be used in class. But all middle schools are to establish choirs that today only exist in every fourth school.

In 2015, 80% of French teenagers owned smartphones. In Germany, the federal states regulate the use of mobile phones in schools. Mostly, they leave the decision to the individual schools. In Bavaria, cell phones may only be used for teaching purposes.

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