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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Cyprus to Ban Mobile Use in Schools

New Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are displayed at a launch event for new Google hardware devices in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, October 6, 2022. REUTERS/Roselle Chen
New Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are displayed at a launch event for new Google hardware devices in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, October 6, 2022. REUTERS/Roselle Chen
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Cyprus to Ban Mobile Use in Schools

New Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are displayed at a launch event for new Google hardware devices in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, October 6, 2022. REUTERS/Roselle Chen
New Google Pixel 7 Pro smartphones are displayed at a launch event for new Google hardware devices in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, US, October 6, 2022. REUTERS/Roselle Chen

Cyprus is to ban mobile phone use in schools, the education minister said on Wednesday, saying they were too much of a distraction for students and led to anti-social behaviour.

Authorities plan to introduce the ban once it is discussed with parliament, Minister Athena Michaelidou said, Reuters reported.

Cyprus will follow several European states in enacting a ban following recommendations from the UN agency UNESCO, she said.

"It's clear that the use of a mobile phone distracts students from their lessons, but primarily, its linked to an increase in anti-social behaviour," Michaelidou said.

Students will not be banned from bringing their phones to school but they will not be able to switch them on, she said.

Official data shows that just over 1.4 million mobile phones are operating in Cyprus - more than its population of just under 1 million people in government-controlled areas.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Jeddah Season's 'City Walk' Area Offers Smart Bracelets to Its Visitors

City Walk is one of the main areas of the 2024 Jeddah Season - SPA
City Walk is one of the main areas of the 2024 Jeddah Season - SPA
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Jeddah Season's 'City Walk' Area Offers Smart Bracelets to Its Visitors

City Walk is one of the main areas of the 2024 Jeddah Season - SPA
City Walk is one of the main areas of the 2024 Jeddah Season - SPA

The City Walk area has introduced smart wristbands for visitors during the 2024 Jeddah season, specifically designed for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

According to SPA, these wristbands carry the data and contact information of their companions, making it easy to communicate and locate them.
Visitors can purchase these wristbands from specialized staff at the entry gates. Each wristband contains a QR code that can be scanned with a mobile camera to display the registered contact information.
City Walk is one of the main areas of the 2024 Jeddah Season and it offers a variety of entertainment activities and events, including motor and skill games, "Cairo Nights," and "China City" areas. Additionally, it features numerous Arab plays that are very popular among visitors.