New York could ban phones in schools – NBC New York

New York could become one of the next states to ban smartphones in school.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced this week that she plans to introduce legislation that would only allow students to bring phones that don’t have internet access. The bill would be considered during New York’s next legislative session, which begins in January.

The Guardian first reported on the Democrat’s action aimed at protecting the mental health of young people.

“I have sat with teenagers in classrooms and community centers and I have seen firsthand, not only from family members, nieces and nephews, but also the addiction that goes on there. Our children are drawn in – to a place that is often very dark,” Hochul said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

She blamed social media companies for profiting from the attention of both children and adults, and blamed their algorithms for also sending young people further into their dark position.

“I will never forget the young woman I met a few weeks ago. She says, ‘You have to save us from ourselves,'” the governor said.

Last year, Florida became the first state to ban cell phones during class in public schools, blocking social media access on district WiFi. Some districts went further and banned phones throughout the school day.

In addition to the school smartphone ban, Hochul and lawmakers are working to pass the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation for Kids Act and the New York Child Data Protection Act. The SAFE Act would make “intentionally addictive” algorithms illegal and the latter would prevent companies from collecting and selling young people’s information.

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