With mental health problems rightfully on the mind of many of us, this newspaper’s editorial board asked a good question recently. “Is it time to remove phones from classrooms?”
Now it is also a question that our state government will be asking officially because of a law signed by Gov. Ned Lamont Wednesday. We introduced legislation in the state Senate in January to direct University of Connecticut researchers to evaluate the effects of cell phones and social media in school settings on academic outcomes and mental health — and policies to address the matter. Our proposal was added as Section 6 of the bipartisan children’s mental health bill, Senate Bill 2, and enacted into law.