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Dutch to ban mobiles in classrooms

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Dutch to ban mobiles in classrooms


After a long and frequently heated national debate, the Netherlands is to ban the use of mobile phones, tablets and smartwatches in classrooms on the grounds that they impede concentration and that limiting screen time leads to improved cognition.

At the heart of the Dutch debate was the desirability of government intervention in the day-to-day running of schools. A consensus was finally reached on the benefits of the ban — while leaving individual schools to decide how exactly it should be implemented.

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