Cool Dad Bill de Blasio Lets NYC Kids Bring Cell Phones to School

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MATERA, ITALY - JULY 24:  (L-R) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and son Dante de Blasio  visit the house his grandmother was born in during a visit to Mayor de Blasio's grandmother's town on July 24, 2014 in Matera, Italy.  The New York City mayor and his family are on an eight-day holiday in Italy but de Blasio has plans to meet with Italys foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, and with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state. (Photo by Giovanni Marino/Getty Images)
Photo: Giovanni Marino/Getty Images

In September Mayor de Blasio revealed that his son, Dante, brings his phone to Brooklyn Technical School despite the years-old ban on students carrying portable electronic devices in New York City public schools. Now the Daily News reports that in another attempt to make the city’s 1.1 million schoolchildren think he’s more fun than Mayor Bloomberg, de Blasio is lifting the ban for everyone. Each school can set its own policy, but the default rule will be that kids can bring phones into the building, as long as they keep them hidden. “Parents should be able to call or text their kids — that’s what this comes down to,” said de Blasio. “It’s something Chirlane and I felt ourselves when Chiara took the subway to high school in another borough each day.” They’re just going to use their phones for emergencies — promise!