British boarding is making students turn in their phones at night

CNET | 6/13/2018 | Abrar Al-Heeti
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Students at Eton College have to hand in their phones before bed.

Many of us tend to scroll through our phones just before falling asleep and immediately after waking up. But first-year students at Eton College, an English boarding school for boys, no longer have that luxury.

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The students have been ordered to turn in their phones at night because of concerns around the pressures of social media, according to The Guardian. Eton College is one of the most exclusive boarding schools in the UK, and costs around $50,000 a year. Some of its former students include Prince William and Harry, actor Eddie Redmayne and former Prime Minister David Cameron.

The school's headmaster, Simon Henderson, reportedly said the policy is designed to decrease the students' screen time and improve their sleep.

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"Being a teenager has always been hard, but I do think it's becoming harder," Henderson said at a conference, according to The Guardian. "Social media plays a part of in that."

For now, the policy is only geared toward 13- and 14-year-old first-year boys at the school. But it's reportedly considering extending the policy to students in their second year, after seeing its success. Administrators say the boys have had a "positive reaction," and it's impacted their wellbeing, according to The Guardian.

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