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Limit Cell Use in School

Social media can be damaging, especially to young people. That’s no secret, but what to do about it remains a mystery. Ohio lawmakers are tossing around the idea of banning social media and the use of electronic devices during class, according to a report by News 5 Cleveland.

House Bill 485, sponsored by Reps. Tom Young, R-Washington Township, and Phil Plummer, R-Dayton, would amend state code “regarding a school internet safety policy and instruction on the effects of social media in public schools.”

Ohioans know Gov. Mike DeWine would support prohibiting student cellphone use during the school day.

“When you talk to teachers in schools that have removed phones during the lunch period, they will tell you the change is miraculous! The lunchroom is noisy again! Instead of having their heads down, buried in their phones, kids are talking and interacting and laughing and enjoying themselves,” DeWine said.

Young is correct to allow local flexibility in the bill. It’s a good idea, and one most schools will no doubt welcome.

The key here is to avoid making any new law do more harm than good.

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