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Mongolia to ban smartphone use in schools

Staff Writer | September 6, 2018
The Mongolian government has approved a ban on using smartphones by pupils when at school, the government's press office announced Wednesday.
Asia   The national survey covered a total of 1,278 pupils
The move is aimed at preventing disruptions in learning, and protecting children from threats associated with cyberbullying and negative impacts of the electronic devices, according to the office.

The ban will take effect on Oct. 1.

According to a study conducted by the Mongolian education ministry in cooperation with the World Bank in 2017, 71.8 percent of Mongolian pupils use mobile phones, with about 55 percent of them have smartphones.

The national survey covered a total of 1,278 pupils aged eight to 17 from 14 general education schools selected randomly across the country.

The National Helpline for Children has received a total of 125 reports on cyberbullying and 35 reports on Internet addiction so far this year.