An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
A BAN ON CELLPHONES IN SCHOOLS has gone into effect in Ontario. Good for Ontario.
Many educators defend allowing students the use of cellphones because they say it’s a good educational tool.
But the Ontario public is overwhelmingly in favour of the ban, which includes all electronic devices capable of accessing the Internet. The reason is simple: students should focus on studies, not social media.
No provincewide ban is in the offing for B.C. but bans are not unheard of here. Two years ago, a school in Victoria imposed a ban, calling cellphones “detrimental” compared to the “extremely small” educational benefits. I wrote about it at the time.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.