California may ban all smartphones at schools
California wants all school districts to come up with smartphone policies, including banning or restricting when students can use the phones at school or on school grounds.
Assembly Bill 272 would allow students to keep their phones with them at school, in case of emergency or for learning purposes.
The bill’s author, Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D- Torrance), said, “Cell phones can be a distraction in the classroom, and there are social and emotional consequences to too much use. According to studies, kids who are heavy users of social media are showing signs of depression and other mental health problems in greater numbers. Studies have also shown that restricting cell phone use improves pupil performance.”