A group from Colorado wants to bring children back outside, and are willing to take extreme measures for it. They initiated a campaign which bans smartphone sales for children younger than 13. Currently, they are gathering signatures and make their proposal into a bill.
Extreme measure against smartphone use for children younger than 13
Colorado parents are tired of seeing smartphones make their children stay so much inside and no longer socialize, so they decided to ban them. Therefore, kids might soon no longer be allowed to own a smartphone if they are younger than 13. The association, called Parents Against Underage Smartphones, needs around 300,000 signatures, and their proposal might enter the 2018 ballot.
Here’s what the ban consists of. Smartphone retailers need to inquire about the age of the future owner. He has to obey the law and not sell any devices if they are younger than 13. Also, the retailers have to submit a report each month to the Colorado Department of Revenue. If they do not comply, they may receive fines from $500 to $20,000, depending on how big their violations are.
Smartphones impair children’s social skills
The leader of the campaign, Tim Farnum, said that children should indeed get integrated into the tech universe, but not too early. He made the decision of launching this movement after watching the psychological effects extensive use of smartphones had on his own children.
Senator John Kefalas sees the parents’ concern and agrees with them, but he thinks this shouldn’t be the government’s business. Each parent should decide when it is time for the child to get a smartphone, and it is their own responsibility to limit their access to the device if the children are too young.
Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics released some guidelines regarding smartphone use. Until age 6, parents should restrict the screen time of their children to an hour. Then, they should make sure device use does not prevent them from getting enough sleep or from performing other necessary activities.
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