I reluctantly looked up from the gift I was struggling to wrap – a Bosch mixer I bought for my wife this Christmas. She sees the Bosch. So I can't tell her that money is the issue..What was a proper reaction for this desperate baby of mine? It wasnt the first time wed had this conversation. My daughter was insistent that she needed a phone and I was just as adamant in declining her request. I just dont want to open that door yet.
Recently, I was shocked to uncover that 56% of children aged 8-12 have cell phones of their own and that 60% of pre-teens received their first phones by the ages of ten and eleven. I wondered if their parents were totally aware of how new tech affected their kids and just how lots information their children were being exposed to.
Here are three reasons why I decided to postpone buying my 12-year-old a smartphone:
Identity safety and privacy concerns. Its not a secret that the internet is crawling with sexual predators, cyberbullies, identification thieves and all manner of unsavory characters. While I have talked to my kids about the necessity to protect their private information online, reading that fifty two% of young people dont turn off their GPS or location settings or even worse – 14% of children have posted their abode addresses online, fills me with dread. Kids just dont understand how lots information they can reveal to strangers and I want to protect my children as lots as I can.
Consumption of inappropriate content. Other than dodgy characters, I also fear about exposing my daughter to inappropriate content online. This runs the gamut from pornography and violent videos or games to cyberbullying and messages that reinforce negative body image. According to experts, too lots screen time and exposure to unsuitable online content can lead to psychological problems in children and I want my daughter to grow up healthy.
Smartphones undermine face-to-face connectivity. I believe that arming our kids with smartphones and allowing them unlimited screen time inhibits their ability to have meaningful one-on-one interactions. While phones certainly are helpful in helping us retailer in touch, nothing can replace face-to-face communication. If all their interactions are made thru a screen, kids run the risk of missing out on learning all of the nuances of conversation such as facial expressions, body language, tonal variation and non-verbal cues.
So, no thank you; we will not be gifting our children smartphones this year. But we are considering more essential phones for emergency use as well as texting capability with her friends, coaches, and circle of relatives. We're just trying to put off the dependency of snapchat and other scary forms of teen-absorbing social media.
Tyler enjoys going to the mountains near his abode in Draper, Utah to connect with his wife and kids thru camping, hiking, and quality time together. When he isnt rebooting in the outdoors, he shares his fatherly experiences with the world thru writing and creative work. Tyler shares the ups and downs of circle of relatives life and the solutions hes found thru lengthy research and involvement in the industry and his own experiences to aid parents everywhere. Follow Tyler on: Twitter | LinkedIn