According to a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (“UNESCO”), there is evidence that excessive use or inappropriate student use of technology in the classroom and at home, whether smartphones, tablets or laptops was linked to worse performance in school. Such use could be distracting, disruptive, and have a detrimental impact on learning. High levels of screen time also had a negative impact on children’s emotional stability as well.
The report has recommended that smartphones should be banned from schools in order to take care of classroom disruption, improve learning, and to protect children from online bullying. The UNESCO wants to ensure that the use of technology in education should be beneficial and not distracting. The report has further stated that even though technology has many benefits and provides many learning opportunities, it is expensive and unfair for people who cannot afford it.
Based on its analysis of 200 education systems around the world, The UNESCO estimated one in four countries had banned smartphones in school, either through law or guidance.
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