When Should Kids Have a Cellphone? Group Wants to Ban Cellphones for Tweens

posted: 06/23/17
by: Amanda Mushro
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Most of us wouldn't survive a day without our cellphones and our kids see that. So when do you think kids should get their own cellphone? If it's up to one Colorado group, no child under the age of 13 would have a phone.

Tim Farnum is a Denver-area father of five and the founder of Parents Against Underage Smartphones. He's making headlines for leading the charge to propose a ballot initiative in Colorado that would ban the sale of smartphones to children younger than 13. However, it's not the children that would be punished if found with a smartphone but the retailers that sold the phones to parents.

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The proposal would require retailers to submit reports to the Colorado government that verify employees in the store inquired about who each sold smartphone was intended to be used by, and for those stores that do not ask questions, they would receive whopping fines from the government of $500 to $20,000 for repeat offenders.

While this proposal is a long way from becoming an actual law, Farnum says was inspired to take action after watching his own children's behavior change once they received a smartphone. "They would get the phone and lock themselves in their room and change who they were," he said.

Tell us your opinions in the comments. At what age do you think children should have cellphone? Do you think a law like this proposed one would work?