French children won’t be allowed to bring their phones into classrooms starting in September. The Guardian reports that while kids can still bring their phones into their schools, the devices have to stay locked away until the end of the day. This will apply to kids starting at the age of six and will last until they’re around 15, or starting high school (aka secondary school).
An outright ban isn’t the answer. Smartphones have become such an ubiquitous tool that students should be taught smartphone etiquette at an earlier age than 16. If students are shown the right and wrong times to be using smartphones a lot of the issues with smartphones would be mitigated.