The premier went on to announce three actions the government is taking to “keep kids safe and healthy” when it comes to cellphones, social media and internet content at schools.

The announcement includes three “concrete” actions to keep kids and young adults safe:

  • restricting the use of cellphones in schools
  • launching services to remove images from the internet and pursue predators
  • legislation to hold social media companies accountable for the harm they have caused

The province is using research that says frequent cellphone usage presents a significant risk to young people, including exposure to sextortion, cyberbullying, addictive algorithms and predators.


New school policies will be in place by the start of the next school year, where school districts will have the ability to restrict cellphone use while on their properties.

“Having cellphones in the classroom can be a distraction from the kind of focused learning we want kids to experience at school,” said Rachna Singh, the province’s minister of education and child care.

“There also is a time and a place for cellphones, including when they support student accessibility purposes.

“By learning in a safe school environment how to use their cellphones responsibly and respectfully, including when to put them away, students will be better able to develop healthy habits.”

Students will also have access to more digital literacy training, which will teach them the knowledge and tools to stay safe from online predators.

On Monday, two new services will be launched to help people stop or prevent the distribution of explicit images and pursue damages from the perpetrators.

Also in spring 2024, new legislation will be introduced to hold companies accountable for the harm their products may cause the public.

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