Children should not have phones at a young age

Children should not have phones at a young age

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  • Really? I don't think I’m going to get my kids one. They aren't old enough or mature enough for one. Giving an 8-year-old a phone is like giving a car to a toddler it doesn't make sense.
  • I was thinking about getting my daughter a phone for her 8th birthday because she's getting older.
  • Yes, they'd be occupied but they'd also have access to inappropriate stuff, cyberbullying and so much more that she may not be prepared for.
  • Why wouldn't you? I think it would be nice to have something that can occupy them while I need to work or do stuff around the house.
  • True. I think it's important to be independent but kids may begin to depend on their electronic devices which may cause trouble learning simple social skills. Electronics can also cause unwanted distractions during a time when they need to listen. They could grow up learning it's fine to be on their phone when someones talking because of their learning from your example.
  • I can always download an app to see what they are doing. It's also important for them to learn to be independent at a younger age.
  • But if she has a phone anytime she needs to talk to me it gives her a way to reach me.
  • She also may become obsessed and recent studies also show that screen time can lead to obesity, shorter attention spans, and psychological problems, including depression.
  • I didn't know all of the risks of young children having phones. But I don't think it will cause a big distraction
  • I understand why you think it would be a good decision to give them a phone but at such a young age I don't think it's the right choice.
  • You may not even realize it but phones take away being able to experience things in real life. When we stare at our phones we miss out on the important things and people around us.
  • By giving them access to a phone you also give predators or creepy people access to a 8 year old girl who probably won't know any better yet.
  • It could be dangerous for her to have a phone when she's this young.
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