France has banned them outright. Ontario restricts their use in all but a handful of cases. And in some places, they’re locked up in pouches to keep them out of kids’ hands.
The contraband in question? Smartphones, of course—or more specifically, smartphones in schools.
Once part of burgeoning “Bring Your Own Device” movements, the use of phones—and the accompanying array of digital distractions—has begun to sour among educators and administrators tired of waging battle with students over their unordained use.