Children are at greater risk than we believe from smart phones and social media!!!
The NEW YORK TIMES reports that children, especially girls (1 in four) are deliberately harming themselves. This at a time when our society seems to be “child focused”. Many children are spending up to 9 hours per day where other people are evaluating their appearance and words. Children are jockeying for a sense of status that is largely unattainable. This often results in a poor self image and depression.
The average age a child a receives a smart phone is 10. These are powerful tools designed for adults! I question why a 10 year old “needs” a smart phone. I suggest that at age 10 they are NOT emotionally mature, and should not be given such a device. They are nearly impossible to monitor, and put your child at risk of interacting with complete strangers.
As a parent, it is not healthy and simply unnecessary to be in constant contact with your child. If you feel your child needs a phone for emergency purposes, use a “flip phone” and severely limit the minutes purchased!
Once you give your child a smart device, it is nearly impossible to take it away(even for an hour). Help you child and yourself a favor, delay giving your child a smart phone until they are mature enough to appreciate the responsibilities the use of such a device entails, and appreciate the social pressures that they will face.