Utah governor wants to ban cell phones in classrooms | Utah
(The Center Square) – Utah Governor Spencer Cox proposed what he called “common sense” solutions to reduce the harmful effects of social media on children.
The first suggestion is to remove mobile phones from classrooms.
“I would love to see our local school districts pilot this, and I think we have several, and collaborate on ways to explore cell phone-free environments that will improve student outcomes and mental health,” Cox said Monday in an address at Bonneville Jr. High School
The governor also suggested holding social media companies more accountable.
“We need laws that allow parents to be more involved in setting limits for their children on social media,” Cox said. “And we’re looking at those laws right now.”
Cox said legislation “is a job for Congress to do. I’m not convinced that Congress can do anything anymore.”
The governor said a 2016 Mayo Clinic study shows social media causes anxiety, sleep disturbances and depression.
“Like the seat belt laws and smoking regulations passed years ago to protect our physical health, today I’m calling on Utahns to join me in supporting some common sense solutions to protect our mental health,” Cox said. “We need parents, educators, community leaders and legislators to work with us to address these critical issues.”
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