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Did you know that a parent from Texas started an online pledge which encourages parents to put off giving kids a smartphone until the end of middle school? Brooke Shannon and her three daughters established Wait Until 8th because they believe that smartphones are distracting and potentially dangerous for children yet are widespread in elementary and middle school because of unrealistic social pressure and expectations to have one. Many experts - from child psychologists to internet safety leaders to even technology executives - agree that it is best to wait until at least 14 years old before exposing children to smartphones.
According to a report from UNICEF, children under 18 years old represent 1 in 3 internet users worldwide. This means that kids at younger ages spend more time with screen media than ever before -- an average of 7 hours each day. A survey from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, shows that 98% of households with children 8 years and under, now have access to a mobile gadget. From that, 42% of young children have their very own device. Therefore, playtime is being dominated by screen-based games; and spending too much time on computers, tablets, and smartphones can be bad for children’s health. Some of the adverse effects of too much screen time include bad posture, poor eyesight, sleep problems, and poor social skills. But while you cannot completely eliminate screen time, there are apps that help you monitor your child’s media use and remind you how long your kid has been in front of a screen.