Wait Until 8th Pledge: 11 Reasons Parents Shouldn't Wait to Take This Pledge About Kids & Smartphones! by Donna John
Cellphones can be seen in the hands of toddlers these days. That’s why parents need to consider taking the Wait Until 8th Pledge, which empowers parents to rally together to delay giving kids a cellphone until at least 8th grade. Here are eight reasons you should take this pledge today, according to WaitUntil8th.org:
- Smartphones are addictive.
- Smartphones are an academic distraction.
- Smartphones impair sleep. (Read Christie Gosch's tip about cellphones and sleep.)
- Smartphones interfere with relationships. (Read Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead's tip about pphubbing.)
- Smartphones increase the risk for anxiety and depression.
- Smartphones put your child at risk for cyber bullying. (Read my tip about cyber bullying.)
- Smartphones expose children to sexual content.
- Technology executives ban smartphones for their children. (According to a New York Times article, many tech executives wait until their child is 14 before they allow them to have a phone.)
Here are a few more reasons why inspired by 30Seconds tips:
- Smartphones can be dangerous. (Read Sheryl Gould's tip about a teen electrocuted by her cellphone and Dr. Bridget Boyd's tip about texting injuries.)
- Smartphones may cause health issues. (Read Sandy Greiner's tip about text neck.)
- Smartphones may keep us from fully engaging with each other. (Read Nancy DaFoe's tip about how to communicate face to face.)
To learn more, visit WaitUntil8th.org.