The Kristiansand City Council voted last week to ban smartphones and tablets from the city’s 38 elementary schools. This is the 5th largest city in Norway with a population of around 90 thousand, though it’s not clear exactly how many students will be affected by this policy.
The regulation involves mobile phones, tablets and camera ban for all to prevent bullying and unrest. “We hope new regulations will have a positive effect against bullying and harassment. Now the schools have a clear guidelines to deal with,” says Conservative politician Mette Fimreite Roth at City Council.
While some US school districts might enact an across the board “no thought required” ban, the new policy in Kristiansand does reportedly allow for teachers to decide if they want to allow the tech to be used in the classroom.
It’s not clear to me that there was any need to ban gadgets from schools; the latest survey data places tablet adoption in Norway at around 13%, so it’s not all that likely that very many young children will be bring a device to school.
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