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2 more states considering big bans

2 more states considering big bans

“School” and “cell phones” are two words that may spend a lot less time together in the coming months, unless the word “ban” is included in the sentence.

Devices cherished by students and adults are now banned in entire states and some of the nation’s largest districts. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles USD approved the largest district-wide cell phone ban, which will take effect in January and also targets social media.

“It is time to formulate a legal strategy that contemplates, but is not limited to, prosecution of social media entities that use algorithms designed to directly appeal to and potentially develop an unhealthy addiction with deleterious mental and physical consequences for our young people,” said Superintendent Alberto. » Mr. Carvalho said in a statement. “When combined with social media, phones are a harmful vehicle that negatively impacts young people. »


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“Kids no longer have the opportunity to just be kids,” added LAUSD school board member and ban sponsor Nick Melvoin. “I hope this resolution will not only help students focus in class, but also give them the opportunity to interact and engage more with each other, and just be kids.” »

The entire state of California could soon eliminate cell phones from its K12 system. Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed to Politico this week that he intends to work with state lawmakers in the coming months to “severely restrict” the presence of phones in public schools.

Newsom spoke to the outlet the day after U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy called for warning labels to be placed on social media to alert children and parents of potential health risks, including depression and anxiety. “When children and teens are in school, they should be focused on their studies, not their screens,” Newsom told Politico.

Florida, Indiana and Ohio have adopted statewide restrictions on cell phones in schools. South Carolina lawmakers, with the full support of education leaders and teachers, are incorporating cell phone restrictions into the state budget. To continue receiving state funding, districts must adopt a ban that will soon be created by the state Department of Education, The74 reported.

LAUSD wasn’t the only district to take action Tuesday. Marietta City Schools in Georgia also banned cell phones for middle school students in a unanimous school board vote.

“We really want kids to focus on learning,” Superintendent Grant Rivera said in a statement reported by FOX 5. “Cell phones, smart watches and social media have a significant impact on learning and the mental health of our students. School should be a place of learning and growth; This can’t happen if students are distracted by their phones.