The answer to the question of how soon a child should get a smart phone these days from at least some parents seems to be as soon as they can tie their shoes.
The convenience of instant contact that mobile phones provide with kids seems increasingly to be outweighing concerns about the trouble pre-teens may find using them.
A group of folks in Colorado are attempting to take up the roll of parental control with a proposal to ban sales of smart phone devices to the youngest of youngsters, and there’s some push back as you might expect.
“(Undated) — A Colorado group is working to ban smart phone sales to kids younger than 13. Parents against Underage Smart phones, or PAUS [[ PAWZ]] is gathering signatures to put an initiative on the November 2018 ballot. The proposal is already raising concerns about state interference in families. Smart phones aren’t cheap, so the ban probably would apply to parents buying the devices for their children. One woman asked on Facebook, quote, “If they are not your kids, how is it your business to decide whether or not they are responsible/mature enough to have a cellphone?””
I’m pretty sure government has no good place in deciding when it’s a good idea to let a child have a smart phone, but I’ll bet this issue will get some traction from people who are intent on protecting ourselves from ourselves.
That’s the way I see it.