July 23, 2024
Smartphone ban hits one of many U.Okay’s poshest faculties
A person holding the Nokia 3210.
The Nokia 3210. Andy Boxall / Digital Developments

One of many U.Okay.’s most elite faculties has introduced it’s going to ban smartphones use amongst its subsequent consumption of scholars. However in order that they’ll keep related, the scholars will likely be issued with a run-of-the-mill Nokia handset succesful solely of constructing calls and sending texts.

The brand new rule has been introduced in by the $64,000-a-year Eton School boys’ boarding faculty over growing issues in regards to the impression of smartphone use on youthful individuals’s psychological well being and normal well-being. It’s additionally hoped that the ban will cut back classroom distractions and enhance conduct.

Eton School, situated within the city of Windsor simply west of London, was based almost 600 years in the past and is legendary for having turned out generations of political leaders, together with 20 of the nation’s prime ministers, Boris Johnson and David Cameron amongst them. Different notable alumni embody Princes William and Harry, novelist George Orwell, James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and Oscar-winning actor Harry Redmayne.

From this September, Eton School’s new consumption of 13-year-old college students will likely be banned from utilizing a smartphone always. Mike Grenier, Eton’s deputy head, lately wrote to the mother and father of latest boarders to allow them to know that the SIM from their baby’s smartphone will likely be transferred to a school-issued Nokia handset, the Standard reported. It’s not clear which particular Nokia handset they’ll be getting, but it surely could possibly be one thing just like the lately launched Nokia 3210, which a Digital Developments’ handset reviewer described as “the worst cellphone I’ve utilized in 2024.”

Nokia markets the 3210 with the tagline, “No apps. No problem. Take a break from scrolling and reconnect with what issues.” It means the scholars should go with out TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat. Nevertheless it does have Snake.

The college may even supply the usage of iPads for instructional use.

“When used responsibly and moderately, [smartphones] generally is a key a part of life for the trendy teenager and might create optimistic social networks and provides entry to information and views from all over the world,” Grenier mentioned.

“Nonetheless, regardless of these positives, there are additionally related challenges and potential areas for concern, particularly round socialization, misuse, and overuse, and the impression on each psychological and bodily well being.” The college famous that “age-appropriate controls stay in place for different 12 months teams.”

Eton’s smartphone ban comes because the U.Okay.’s lately elected Labour authorities mentioned it was “open-minded” on the concept of banning social media for kids to guard their psychological well being.

Analysis by Frequent Sense Media discovered that about 91% of kids within the U.S. have a smartphone by the age of 14, a state of affairs that has prompted related handset bans in faculties there, CBS News reported. U.S. Division of Schooling knowledge from the 2021-2022 faculty 12 months noticed some 76% of faculties prohibit the non-academic use of smartphones.