New Law Restricts Use of Mobile Phones in Hungarian Schools

  • 19 Jun 2024 3:29 PM
  • Hungary Today
New Law Restricts Use of Mobile Phones in Hungarian Schools
Parliament recently voted and passed a resolution to restrict digital devices in schools. The new law aims to ensure that children can only rarely use their digital devices as learning aids with the permission of their teachers, but not at during all their time at school.

“Although it did not receive enough attention due to the election assessment and the European Championship, on June 10 we voted on a very important law in parliament on the restriction of digital devices in schools,” Magyar Nemzet quotes István Hollik, government party MP, as saying.

He explained in a video uploaded to his social media page:

“As a father, I also see that one of the most difficult issues in raising children is regulating the use of gadgets at home. We have strict rules at home to protect our children, therefore I deeply agree that mobile phone use at school should be restricted, because that is where children are most often.”

Bence Rétvári, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, announced the introduction of the bill about a week ago.

The politician noted that the Ministry of Interior also held a digital consultation ahead of the proposal. The majority of teachers and headteachers surveyed said that it was necessary to regulate mobile phone use in schools, because they are a distraction for pupils.

“We are not the first, as similar measures have already been introduced in England, Spain, and Belgium because of falling school results, children not talking to each other, and an increase in cyber-bullying. All of these were blamed on phone use, which is why they were also restricted in those countries, said  Hollik.

What do we expect from the law? Pretty much the same. If there are fewer distractions for children, school results will improve and there will also be less cyber-bullying.”

“As a father, I can see that it is much better for children if they build real human relationships, not virtual ones,” the MP stressed.


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