It seems smartphones don’t make you smarter!
New research has found that banning mobile phones in schools may actually help students perform better.
Kids perform better at schools that ban mobile phones
Researchers at the London School of Economics looked at test scores at schools that had introduced a mobile phone ban.
They found 16-year-olds performed better by 6.41% after the ban as mobiles have been deemed just too distracting for youngsters.
The study authors say: “A highly multipurpose technology, such as mobile phones, can have a negative impact on productivity through distraction.
“Restricting mobile phone use can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities.”
In 2020, students at all WA public schools will be prohibited from using mobiles during school hours.
Children at kindy to Year 6 will not be allowed to phones at all but secondary school pupils can bring them into the school grounds as long as they are turned off and kept out of sight.
What’s more, smart watches must also be set to airplane mode.
“I urge all states and territories and non-government schools to follow Victoria’s lead and ban mobile phones,” Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement.
“There is evidence that banning mobile phones will prevent cyber bullying but we’ve still got to do a lot more research in this area.”
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