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Colorado Dad Wants to Ban Smartphones for Your Kids

Colorado Dad Wants to Ban Smartphones for Your Kids Colorado Dad Wants to Ban Smartphones for Your Kids
Messalina Adamo | 20 Giugno, 2017, 00:24

After buying his two children, ages 11 and 13, smartphones past year, one father, Tim Farnum, is now flipping the script and attempting to ban pre-teens from using smartphones, as first reported by the Washington Post.

Farnum and his allies have proposed Initiative 29, which would forbid stores from allowing the sale of smartphones to anyone under 13-or anyone who indicates the phone will be owned by anyone under 13.

In Colorado, a cellphone ban could be placed on all children under 13 if one state medical professional is successful on getting his proposed ballot initiative passed.

Tim Farnum, a Denver doctor, is leading a push to prevent retailers from selling smartphones to customers younger than 13, The Coloradoan reported Friday. They would have to submit a monthly report to the Colorado Department of Revenue stating they had done this.

Retailers who sell a smartphone for use by a preteen would get a warning for the first offense but could be fined from $500 to $20,000 for subsequent violations.


Though Farnum's campaign only targets smartphones-the organization writes on its website that "good, old-fashioned cellular phones with voice, Global Positioning System and, yes, even texting are not included"-kids' usage of mobile devices in general are on the rise". "If you tell them to watch the screen time, all of a sudden the fangs come out". "I think ultimately, this comes down to parents. making sure their kids are not putting themselves at risk".

It's not just Farnum, but other parents in Colorado are having a hard time too as their kids become obsessed with smartphones, which keeps them inside the home instead of going out and socializing. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, told the Coloradan.

Farnum is the founder of Parents Against Underage Smartphones (PAUS), a nonprofit pushing the proposal. "This is no different, in my opinion". Major critics of Farnum's proposal say that although the dad's intentions are good, the law could be a huge encroachment into private family life.

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend avoiding screen time, besides video chatting, for children under 18 months. The research stated that rather than focusing on coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills, which comes from socializing, the children spent most of their time on the device, notes TechTimes.

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