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Several schools are imposing a total or partial mobile ban

Watch the Danish television program Den Mobilfrie Skole  (The Cell Phone Free School). The program is about the success of Skægkær School in Silkeborg, Denmark where cell phones were collected at the beginning of the day and not returned to the students until the school day was over. The children in the classroom do not have access to their cell phones, and one of the teachers, Helen Riisgaard, says “I believe my students pay more attention to what I have to say now than they did before. Most of  the students  have also experienced a new sense of freedom in a classroom without phones.”

“I can really concentrate a lot better and follow what’s going on in the class. We are not disturbed when we’re sitting and concentrating.”  Student Andreas Fisker Jokumsen from Skægkær School.

Experience so far indicates that cell free teaching has also contributed to new habits. The students play cards or ball games with each other until they get their phones back at the end of the day.

Read what others are writing

Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results than schools allowing students to keep their phones. Read about research in the Guardian or download the research article from the London School of Economics.

Watch the television feature on TV2Lorry (in Danish), in which students share their views on being “phone free”.

Read the article (in Danish) in which Alexander Strand talks about the background and motivation for storing phones out of reach of the students.

Read more about addiction to smart phones and new technologies on the blog Deliberate Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of the book “Distraction addiction”.