In the past 10 years or so, smartphones have become a significant part of American culture. But the popularity of smartphones does not make them any safer for children to use.
This is why parents need to have full access to smartphones that they allow their kids to use. This may help kids see phones as tools that their parents allow them to use instead of as their personal toys.
Why Parents Should Have Full Access to Smartphones That They Allow Their Kids to Use
Generally speaking, my stance on smartphones is that they are addictive adult toys and have no place in the hands of kids. But for those of you willing to push the envelope, at least keep a few things in mind. First, try to get your kids to think of the smartphone as a wise phone.
This brings an intrinsic or subconscious moral responsibility into the equation. Second, it is your phone and not theirs. They are borrowing it from you, so you will always have access to it. It is not their private toy, so know all their login information and passwords—stuff they don’t have to know. You can log in for them. And be aware that you have now added a long, complicated, and dangerous road to your parenting journey—unnecessarily.
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