Mobile phone bans in schools

All over Spain, WhatsApp groups have been buzzing with parents debating one of the most divisive topics in the country: no, not controversial Spanish national politics, but whether schools should ban mobile phones.

One of the biggest group chats started in Barcelona, and quickly gained more than a thousand members, and posed the question of whether or not mobile phones should be allowed at educational facilities.

The group chat, which now includes around 10,000 parents from different neighbourhoods all over the city, is used to share information along with any questions mums and dads may have on mobile use.

According to the latest UNESCO report on global educational monitoring, one out of four countries has approved laws banning mobile phone use in classrooms. It’s certainly a hot topic in Europe at the moment, but not an easy one to agree on.