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December 17, 2008

Cell phones likely to be banned from schools

A special panel has proposed a ban on cell phones at elementary and junior high schools. The proposal will be considered by the Prime Minister next month and is likely to be implemented. A similar ban has already taken effect in Osaka.

The main reason for the ban is to try to reduce children's access to harmful information and also reduce bullying. There has been a sharp increase in the amount of bullying through cell phones - in 2007 this type of bullying increased by 20% over the previous year.

It is possible that the government may allow children to have cell phones with limited functions such as a Global Positional System or a function that only allows calls to and from specified numbers.

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