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Smartphone at what age?

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In addition to the age, I guess it also matters how much of a sacrifice you are willing to do as a parent. If you want kids to reduce their smartphone usage, try to reduce yours as well. Use your phone as little as possible when in front of them. Set an example. Try to distract and engage kids in other activities.
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As I may have mentioned before, you can use apps like mypact to limit their access. You decide when apps are on or off...the apps will actually disappear from the screen.

Our 14 year old is the only one who has a phone and tablet of his own. He gets 2 hours a day on the weekend. During the week he can get an hour a day, once he shows he has completed the required tasks we have for him (i.e. dishes, room, laundry). ..we get him to send a picture. Then we can remotely activate.
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nalababe wrote:
Nov 13th, 2017 11:36 am
As I may have mentioned before, you can use apps like mypact to limit their access. You decide when apps are on or off...the apps will actually disappear from the screen.

Our 14 year old is the only one who has a phone and tablet of his own. He gets 2 hours a day on the weekend. During the week he can get an hour a day, once he shows he has completed the required tasks we have for him (i.e. dishes, room, laundry). ..we get him to send a picture. Then we can remotely activate.
How does he send a picture if the phone / tablet is de-activated?
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Gutty96 wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 9:48 am
How does he send a picture if the phone / tablet is de-activated?
You can allow certain apps to work and can time them. For example, we could have the imessage up and running if we want. Or email.
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nalababe wrote:
Nov 14th, 2017 12:21 pm
You can allow certain apps to work and can time them. For example, we could have the imessage up and running if we want. Or email.
Gotcha.
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Many parents seem to get their kids phones when they spend more time outside of the house while not at school. I suppose that's a fair concern, and it's possible to restrict usage when at home.

I was thinking of establishing a skill requirement to earn the privilege of using a phone. Perhaps once my child builds me a website in HTML (in text editor), then they can have a phone. Until then, we'll stick with Fisher-Price since it doesn't have iMessage :lol:
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IndyBeak wrote:
Nov 13th, 2017 11:25 am
In addition to the age, I guess it also matters how much of a sacrifice you are willing to do as a parent. If you want kids to reduce their smartphone usage, try to reduce yours as well. Use your phone as little as possible when in front of them. Set an example. Try to distract and engage kids in other activities.
This is not an option for 90% of the public who are completely addicted.
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There is now more firm research out there on the impact of the first generation of 'kids' having grown up in the iPhone generation. And it doesn't look good. Social media (of course with a smartphone, it is all encompassing vs family desktop, or even laptop) tends to impact females more leading to more anxiety, depression, and thoughts and attempts of suicide. There is also another recent somewhat wide but not as 'in-depth' survey study that females are more impacted by non-physical abuse (online bully, verbal 'assault/trash talking').

Given the amount of anxiety disorders in teens/really young adults, and even grade school kids seen today, I completely agree with it, and almost expected it. So I think definitely limiting it's use or monitoring it somehow is key. Hard to do obviously if parents are less technically savvy or on it themselves alot. Or as often the case, parents actually being scared/caving in to their kids today, driven by social pressure to. Are non-smartphones still an option? I.e. old flip phones with keypad texting?
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borntohula wrote:
Nov 21st, 2017 2:47 pm
This is not an option for 90% of the public who are completely addicted.
Well, 24/7 access to smartphone is definitely not a critical need. It is a definitely an option, albeit a difficult one.

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