Los Angeles schools to consider ban on smartphones

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a warning label on social media platforms before Proposal formulated

By Reuters
June 20, 2024
This representational image shows people using smartphones. — Unsplash/File

WASHINGTON: The Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday will consider banning smartphones for its 429,000 students in an attempt to insulate a generation of kids from distractions and social media that undermine learning and hurt mental health.


The proposal was being formulated before US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Monday called for a warning label on social media platforms, akin to those on cigarette packages, due to what he considers a mental health emergency. The board of the second-largest school district in the United States is scheduled to vote on a proposal to within 120 days develop a policy that would prohibit student use of cellphones and social media platforms and be in place by January 2025.