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Starting Line: Proposal aims to reduce students' mobile device usage during school hours

They really have become a part of our everyday lives — whether a smartphone, tablet or laptop, people are spending more and more time on their mobile devices. While it may not seem like a problem to some, others are concerned that too much screen time can lead to negative consequences.

Some reports say that there’s a linkage between teenage cellphone use and depression and addiction. It’s an issue that prompted Rep. Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pines) to offer HF712. Runbeck’s proposal would require school boards to adopt a policy on mobile device usage by students.

Learn more about HF712 in this week’s edition of ‘Starting Line.’


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