Doctor dad wants to stop preteens from using smartphones

Doctor dad wants to stop preteens from using smartphones

Doctor dad wants to stop preteens from using smartphones

But how young is too young to constantly be connected to social media, apps and texts messages on a smartphone?

"Initiative 29 prohibits retailers from selling or permitting the sale of a smartphone to a person under the age of 13, of the to any person who indicates that the smartphone will be wholly or partially owned by a person under the age of 13", the proposal states.

"Eventually kids are going to get phones and join the world, and I think we all know that, but little children, there's just no good that comes from that", Tim Farnum, a Denver-area anesthesiologist told The Coloradoan.

The decision to write the bill came after Dr Farnum noticed a difference in behavior from his two youngest sons - age 11 and 13. The ban would require retailers to ask customers the age of the primary user of the smartphone and submit monthly adherence reports to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

A written warning is followed up by a $500 fine in the case of a violation.

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You tell us: At what age is it appropriate for a kid to have a smartphone?

Farnum was motivated to begin this campaign after he saw his kids struggling with smartphone use.

"They go from being outgoing, energetic, interested in the world and happy, to reclusive", Farnum said.

Parents Against Underage Smartphones need about 300,000 signatures to get Initiative 29 on the 2018 ballot, KDVR reports.

"Frankly, I think it should remain a family matter, ".

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So Farnum started researching the side effects of screen time on kids and found statistics that astonished him.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' recent guidelines states that children aged 2 to 5 should have their screen use limited to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs.

Colorado Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, said he understands the reasoning behind the proposed law, but that he thinks it oversteps the government's role into private family life. "Ultimately, this comes down to parents. making sure their kids are not putting themselves at risk".

Another study on children between 6 and 36 months concluded that too frequent use of a touchscreen can impact their sleeping pattern and double the risk of sleep deprivation.

Have "media-free" times with your kids and "media-free" spots in the house like bedrooms.

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