MANILA - A lawmaker has proposed to ban students 15 years old and younger from using smartphones and other electronic devices in public and private schools "to address the worsening mental health crisis among the youth."
San Jose Del Monte City Rep. Florida Robes said "many studies had shown that children who are allowed to use their phones and gadgets even during school hours exhibit psychological, physiological and mental health issues."
Robes added that gadgets interfere with education, diminish academic performance, promote cyberbullying and contribute to an increase in teenage anxiety, depression and suicide.
Under Robes' proposal, all mobile devices or gadgets brought inside the school must be surrendered to school authorities until class dismissal except under "exceptional circumstances."
The lawmakers said teenagers will be allowed to use phones only in emergency cases, when the use of these devices is required in a particular lesson, and when the gadget is necessary for the health or well-being of a student as certified by a doctor.