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Education minister announces elementary school cellphone ban

Education Minister Rafi Peretz announces a decision to ban cellphones from all elementary schools in Israel.

“We have come to a decision in the Education Ministry that children in elementary school will be able to bring cellphones to school for the sake of getting there and getting home but they will not be allowed to turn them on during school hours anywhere on the school’s property,” Peretz tells Channel 12’s Influencers Conference in Tel Aviv.

Currently, Peretz explains, some elementary school enforce that rule, or other limitations on cellphone use, but there is no ministry ruling across the board.

Peretz says he wants to see children “playing, talking and interacting with each other” instead of looking their cellphone screens.

— Raoul Wootliff

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