AB 272 Tackles Cell Phone Use on School Campuses

Legislation that would significantly limit the use of cell phones in California schools passed the California Assembly Thursday, moving campuses one step closer toward becoming no smart phone zones. As amended, Assembly Bill 272 would authorize school districts to outline policies restricting student cell phone use except under certain circumstances such as emergency or medical necessity.

The bill’s author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance), says smart phone use not only hinders academic performance but also contributes to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. His bill points to policies in Europe and elsewhere that banned school cell phone use with successful results.

Few would disagree that today’s youth are spending too much time on phones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Studies indicate that 8-12 year olds spend nearly six hours a day on screens. That figure is even higher for those 13 and up.

Read the bill’s language here



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