Florida to restrict student phone, social media use

The legislature unanimously passed the bill, which now only awaits the governor’s signature.
This combination of 2017-2022 photos shows the logos of Facebook, YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on mobile devices. (AP Photo, File)

Florida lawmakers unanimously approved legislation aimed at curbing student use of phones and social media while in school, sending it to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

The bill, which cleared the legislature Wednesday, bars students from using a wireless device during class time unless otherwise instructed by a teacher for educational purposes. It also prohibits students from accessing social media sites while using a school’s internet service, except to complete teacher-approved assignments.

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