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Ontario’s Cellphone Ban for Students Kicked into Effect Today

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The Ontario government announced back in August it would place a ban on cellphones in classrooms, for non-educational use. A date of November 4, 2019, was given to school boards to implement the ban and today marks the first day.

Students can only use their cellphones for educational, health or special needs use. That means texting, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook are out of the question. One of the top trending hashtags in Canada this morning is #cellphoneban.

“When in class, students should be focused on their studies, not their social media,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, back in August. “That’s why we are restricting cellphones and other personal mobile devices in the classroom, while making sure technology is available to help students achieve success in the digital economy and modern workforce.”

Below is some of the top reaction on Twitter to the cellphone ban:

Students are clever and will find their way around this ban, such as chatting inside Google Docs instead. Or make pagers great again (remember when urgent messages would end with ‘911’).

What do you think? Should cellphones be banned from classrooms?

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