And it’s not exactly what the provincial government might have expected.
Today marked the first day the Ontario government officially enacted a personal device ban, inhibiting elementary and high school students from using their cellphones, or other personal devices, in the classroom.
The ban, which is essentially a provincial standard framework that schools are encouraged to follow, doesn’t necessarily deny students the right to carry a cellphone. Instead, it asks them to turn the devices off and leave them in a backpack or purse, off the desk.
Sound familiar? Probably because your teacher asked you to do the same thing, even without provincial involvement.
The new ‘ban’ won’t actually be enforced by the provincial government either. Not that there are any penalties to enforce. The enforcement and subsequent punishment are under the discretion of the school boards and their respective schools.
Most schools already have rules regarding cellphone use. And like the provincial guideline states, students are still allowed to use cellphones in class for educational purposes, special needs, or emergencies. So, the current status quo.
So there’s no provincial enforcement, no actual penalty, and essentially creates no real change at all. You could imagine how students, and even some teachers, reacted to this extreme provincial intervention.
For those who struggle to remember what it was like to be a teen, here are some example’s of how Ontario’s youth are coping.
literally none of my teachers mentioned this lmfao #cellphoneban
— ah excuji meeee (@skjiminie) November 4, 2019
2. The rebel inside dies slow
— 𝔩𝔢𝔵𝔞𝔫𝔡𝔯𝔞 🦋 (@heyitslexandra) November 4, 2019
3. Ya don't say?
this law literally changed nothing. before it was only bring out your phone with permission, and people followed that. and now its the exact same. #cellphoneban
— I want a gf (@WillMacca_) November 4, 2019
4. Safe bet?
bet half of the people tweeting about the #cellphoneban are in class rn
— crispy man (@crispymason) November 4, 2019
5. Safe bet, indeed.
i am literally reading this tweet on my phone in class
— lilly (@lillymariiedias) November 4, 2019
6. Even teachers find it funny
I told my students that the cell phone ban was in effect. We had a good chuckle.
In other news, we were learning about populism and fascism today.#cellphoneban
— Kylene Walker (@KyleneWalker) November 4, 2019
7. Beware the Cellphone Police. We hear they're worse than hall monitors.
Tf yall gonna do? Arrest me? #cellphoneban
— Mymoney (@vitadose_) November 4, 2019
8. Rebel status
Just thought I’d tweet #cellphoneban while using my phone in class. That’s right, I ain’t going back to jail 😎 don’t wanna catch anyone snitching to my teacher
— Wicked (@UrUsualFanboy) November 4, 2019
9. Make rule. Teenager break rule. It's the Law of the Universe.
In honour of Doug Ford's ban we all used our cellphones in class today on a 1920s stock market challenge to look up stock prices and calculate purchases. Then I forced all the phones away into my phone holder. Check out the sneaky tricks kids pulled. #onted #cellphoneban #onpoli pic.twitter.com/UbUsTZm0vq
— S. O'Connor (@JVPORT1) November 4, 2019
10. Sounds familiar...
This whole thing is stupid
One teacher enforced us to put ours in a pouch at the front of the class when I was in grade 12
A lot of us just brought in our old phone and kept our actual phones 🙂 #cellphoneban
— 🖤🎃Sarah🎃🖤 (@BeetleBaby97) November 4, 2019
11. Make sure your teacher's not on Twitter too
— vee 🍒 (@latewithloly) November 4, 2019
12. Same old, same old
So there’s a #cellphoneban for elementary / highschool(?) in Ontario and I think it’s hilarious. When I was a kid I would always be reading a (non class related) book in class. After the books were taken away I’d just write about other things on paper
My grades were A’s & B’s
— Calxiyn (@Calxiyn) November 4, 2019
13. Think about the kids!
So many students tweeting this #cellphoneban in their classes. I hope it is not distracting them from learning.
— Josh (@J0shVV) November 4, 2019
14. Or maybe think about the politicians first?
— Ms. Rowsdower (@AndreaJ152230) November 4, 2019