Virginia schools ordered to provide cell phone-free education

Public schools throughout the state are required to limit the amount of time students have access to cell phones.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an executive order to establish a “cell phone-free” education in Virginia’s public schools.

The order aims to create a healthier and more focused educational environment by limiting the exposure to addictive cell phones and social media and eliminating distractions in the classroom.


The big picture: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will conduct a public engagement effort with parents, students, teachers, and local school leaders to establish age-appropriate restrictions or elimination of cell phone use during instructional time.

  • Recent studies indicate that spending more than three hours a day on social media doubles the risk of poor mental health for adolescents, and there has been a significant increase in the rate of suicide among children.
  • The executive order is complemented by the Surgeon General of the United States’ advisory to put a warning label on social media apps, aiming to address the harmful effects of excessive screen time on children’s physical and mental health.
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