The Dutch government has announced that starting from January 1, 2024, there will be a significant restriction on the use of mobile phones, tablets, and smartwatches in classrooms throughout the Netherlands. The aim is to minimize distractions during lessons.
Under the new regulations, these devices will only be permitted if they serve a specific purpose, such as facilitating digital skills lessons, aiding medical needs, or assisting individuals with disabilities.
Despite the pervasive role of mobile phones in our daily lives, Education Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf emphasized that they have no place in the educational setting.
According to scientific research, mobile phones disrupt concentration, and it is imperative to safeguard students from this hindrance. “Students need an environment conducive to concentration and productive studying,” Dijkgraaf stated.
The ban on mobile devices in classrooms stems from an agreement reached between the Ministry of Education, schools, and relevant organizations. Dijkgraaf indicated that schools have the freedom to implement their own strategies for enforcing the ban. However, if these measures prove insufficient by the summer of 2024, legal regulations will be introduced.