EducationActivitiesMental healthBehaviourJuniorTeenager
10 is the average age a child in the UK gets their first smartphone. Steve Jobs famously limited how much technology his kids used, even prohibiting them from using the iPad. How did we come to a situation where, as young as nine, children are receiving a smartphone with internet access and the ability to use apps four years before the recommended age?The answer is normalisation. And with normalisation comes pressure. Pressure from the child wanting to have what their friends have (understandably) and pressure on the parents who don't want their child to be left out. Again, understandably. The parenting cycle of shame, guilt, and worry makes us vulnerable to giving in to demands, and a smartphone is no exception.
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