Colorado group aims to ban cell phone sales to kids under 13

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 20, 2017

You see smartphones everywhere - from the kitchen table to school hallways - they can be hard to miss.

But the father of five is not convinced these devices are beneficial for children, a conclusion he came to after his two youngest sons, ages 11 and 13, got smartphones a year ago.

One Colorado man has decided that age 13 seems like a good cutoff.

The group Parents Against Underage Smartphones, PAUS, has started a petition to get Initiative 29 on the 2018 ballot.

Farnum's proposal is still a long ways off from becoming reality.

"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?"

Farnum said that his campaign was inspired after he watched his own kids struggle with the impact of always having a device in their hands. "They would get the phone and lock themselves in their room and change who they were", he added. "The apps are all created to addict you". Senator John Kefalas (D., Colorado) said he understands where Farnum is coming from, but that government regulation is not the answer.

"I think it should remain a family matter", Kefalas said. "I know there have been different proposals out there regarding the internet and putting filters on websites that might put kids at risk. I think ultimately, this comes down to parents. making sure their kids are not putting themselves at risk", Colorado Sen. Retailers must also submit monthly reports to the Colorado Department of Revenue as verification that they adhered to the requirement. Retailers found flouting the law would first be warned and then fined $500 (£390) for a second offence.

As the use of smartphones is restricting the kids from going out and involving in some outdoor activities, the kids are spending all their time at home sitting in front of smartphones due to which they may suffer speech and language issues.

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. According to Farnum speaking to WaPo, instructing his kids to limit their screen time resulted in 'the fangs [coming] out, ' as well as temper tantrums if the phones were taken away, moodiness, and other behaviors typical of children.

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