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Children in France can no longer use smartphones at schools. A new law has banned them from being used at any time during school hours. This law includes tablets as well. Lawmakers in France made this rule to protect children’s well-being and to protect the classroom. They are afraid of children becoming addicted to phones. They also want to make sure the classroom is distraction free and a place for learning.

The French education minister said he knows children can get screen addiction. He said it’s the government’s job to protect children.

A new French president came into office in 2017. His name is Emmanuel Macron. Before he was president, students could not use phones during class. During the election, he made a promise to ban them from schools completely.

The law bans all smartphones and tablets. However, French high schools can choose how strict they want to be with other internet devices.

Other French laws have been made to protect people from technology too. In 2017, the government made a law making French companies limit work emails. The law was called the “right to disconnect”. It encourages people to leave their work at work. It was made to help reduce stress in workers.

Difficult words

Well-being: Happiness and health of someone

Distraction: Your attention is taken by something else.

Addiction: The feeling that you can’t stop or strongly need something.

Election: People voting for something in the government.

Strict: Someone makes you follow the rules.

Disconnect: The opposite of connect, to pull apart.

Encourages: To strongly tell someone they should do something, support them.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: 

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Wellbeing  A. Voting
 2. Election  B. Unplug
 3. Strict  C. Health
 4. Disconnect  D. Support
 5. Encourage  E. Strong Rules

True or False?

1. Children in France can no longer use computers at school. T / F

2. A new law has banned smartphones from school. T / F

3. The government wants to protect parents. T / F

4. Children can become addicted to studying. T / F

5. The French government protects workers from stress. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. in / can / longer / smartphones / no / Children / France / use

2. banned / new / law / has / being / from / A / them / used

3. law / tablets / includes / This

4. laws / made / Other / been / have / French

5. reduce / to / was / It / help / stress / made

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: 

American English:

Protect Smartphones Strict
Promise Encourages Addicted

Children in France can no longer use _____________ at schools. A new law has banned them from being used at anytime during school hours. This law includes tablets as well. Lawmakers in France made this rule to protect children’s well-being and to protect the classroom. They are afraid of children becoming ____________ to phones. They also want to make sure the classroom is distraction free and place for learning.

The French education minister said he knows children can get screen addiction. He said it’s the government’s job to __________ children.

A new French president came into office in 2017. His name is Emmanuel Macron. Before he was president, students could not use phones during class. During the election, he made a ______________ to ban them from schools completely.

The law bans all smartphones and tablets. However, French high schools can choose how ____________ they want to be with other internet devices.

Other French laws have been made to protect people from technology too. In 2017, the government made a law making French companies limit work emails. The law was called the “right to disconnect. It _____________ people to leave their work at work. It was made to help reduce in workers.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Are smartphones allowed in schools in your country?
4. Do you think students should be allowed to have internet devices in school?
5. What are the advantages to having smartphones in schools?
6. What are the disadvantages to having smartphones in schools?
7. Should the government control what technology can be brought to school?
8. Is screen addiction a problem in your country?
9. What should be done to combat screen addiction?
10. Does your country have any laws against technology?
11. Is there a problem with worker burnout in your country?
12. How many hours does the average person work in one week in your country?
13. What should be done to help worker burnout?
14. Can we use technology to fight addiction?
15. Do you think companies should limit overtime and emails sent outside of work hours?
16. Should technology companies be responsible for people’s addiction?
17. Do you track how much screen time you have on your devices?
18. Do you make sure to disconnect from work when you leave?
19. What activities help you de-stress?
20. Would you like your government to create laws against technology?