When my kids were around 10 years old, they started asking for a smartphone. Specifically, for an iPhone.
They did what all kids do. They were consistent with asking.
My older daughter even wrote me a letter stating all of the reasons why she NEEDED to have one.
She made promises and tried to convince me that she would be the happiest child in the world if she had a phone.
I said NO.
My intent was to keep them off social media and overall off the internet as much and as long as possible. But, their schools kept gearing them to use online tools for them to do their homework and projects.
That frustrated me and it didn’t help me.
But I persisted and continued to educate myself in case I was being unreasonable.
As they got older they earned the privilege to use it. But, it was not without a lot of discussions and even a contract. That contract included an agreement about how to use it, what to report, and that they would...
My eldest child was born the same year that the iPhone was released for the first time. It was such a hit! And while a lot of people thought it would turn out to be a dying fad, here we are with people addicted so much to their devices that they can’t stand in lines without looking at their phones or go to the restroom without swiping through Tik Toks or Instagram reels.
It’s crazy to think that most of our youth today don’t know a world without smart devices.
A survey conducted in 2017 by Common Sense Media showed that by age 11, a majority (53%) of kids had their own smartphone, and by 12 more than two-thirds (69%) had one.
This means that kids are becoming exposed to a lot of information sooner than they’re ready for it to include pornography.
As a matter of fact, the average child in the U.S. accidentally finds porn between the age of 7 and 8.
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