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Screen-Free Week: Councilor ‘pleads guilty’ to too much texting

Despite the fact that all electronic devices must be turned off in City Council chambers, it’s common to see councilors texting during weekly meetings.

Despite the fact that all electronic devices must be turned off in City Council chambers, it’s common to see councilors texting during weekly meetings.

“I am the worst offender at texting during council meetings,” Councilor John Connolly said recently while introducing a resolution to support Screen-Free week in Boston, which began yesterday. “I plead guilty to that charge.”

The national event is sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which argues that too much time in front of screens — including TVs, video games and other electronic devices — can be harmful.

But while outdoor activities are scheduled across Boston for students this week, for local governments it’s more about being polite. Last week, a proposed electronics ban by Medford’s City Council was narrowly defeated.

 
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