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Should kids have phones in class? British Columbians say no

Last Updated Nov 29, 2019 at 10:05 am PDT

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Close to nine-in-10 people in B.C. think the province should follow Ontario's lead in implementing a classroom phone ban

British Columbians over 55 are most likely to support a ban

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A new poll finds most British Columbians would like to see mobile phones banned in classrooms.

The survey, from Research Co., finds overwhelming support for the idea of preventing kindergarten to grade 12 students from using phones at school, unless they are required for medical purposes or allowed by a teacher to support educational needs.

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Close to nine-in-10 people in B.C. think the province should follow Ontario’s lead in implementing such a ban.

British Columbians over 55 were most likely to support a ban, while those aged 18 to 34 were least likely – but even that age group was 68 per cent in favour.

The study surveyed 800 adults in B.C.