The French Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, announced on December 10 in a television interview that cell phones “will be banned at French schools and colleges from the start of 2018”.
He also stated that it would be good from a health point of view if children up to seven years of age did not use screens at all, based on their impact on the children’s mental health and cognitive ability (learning, memory). The French school act already prohibits the use of mobiles during the lessons.
“We are working on this issue, it can take different forms, you may need it for teaching purposes and for emergency situations, so cell phones must be confined”, he said. He also recalled that some colleges “already have decided to do it”.
According to Jean-Michel Blanquer, the question of screens is a matter of “public health”.
“Les élèves devront bientôt se passer de leur téléphone portable dans les établissements scolaires. Jean-Michel Blanquer, le ministre de l’Éducation nationale, a annoncé que les appareils “seront interdits à l’école et au collège dès la rentrée 2018”.