The Dutch government bans the use of mobile phones, tablets and smart watches in classrooms – Reuters reports. The new regulations will enter into force on January 1, 2024with the aim of minimizing distractions during lessons.
The decision allows for exceptions only when these devices are specifically needed, such as during digital skills development classes or for medical purposes or for disabled people. The overarching goal creating an environment that promotes concentration and effective learning.
Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf emphasized the need for change in a statement. He pointed out that although mobile phones have become an integral part of our daily lives, they have no place in education. Dijkgraaf cited scientific research to argue that cell phones are a distraction in classrooms.
Schools were given the autonomy to implement this ban in their own way. However, if they do not achieve adequate results by the summer of 2024, legal regulation will take place.
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