Sure, every kid wants a smartphone at an early age, but the decision of when to finally give them one isn’t easy.
In addition to the developmental effects, there are safety and security concerns that need to be taken into account.
Every parent has an opinion on the matter, but this guy might get more people to listen to his than the average parent does.
It’s billionaire Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. His fortune is built on technology, but he’s strict when it comes to giving devices to his kids. He banned his kids from getting mobile phones before they were fourteen.
He says, “We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour. You’re always looking at how [technology] can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.”
Of course, he implemented other restrictions as well.
We don’t have cellphones at the table when we are having a meal. We didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were fourteen. They complained other kids got them earlier.
Despite being immersed in tech (and wealth) Bill Gates is known for a low-key approach to his status. He’s used his clout to launch the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization has given billions to worthy causes.
In fact, he even quit his day job to focus on charity, so you can trust he’s a man of integrity when it comes to other aspects of his life.
Science supports his stance.
Much emerging research suggests that too much screen time can damage kids socially and developmentally.
What makes the issue an epidemic is the average age gets are getting smartphones.
It’s 10.3 years old! And getting younger!
With so much evidence against putting screens in front of your kids, maybe all parents should take a page from Bill Gates’ playbook and wait.
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