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Opinion: Should kids wait until 8th grade to get a smartphone?

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Many kids under a certain age are getting smartphones, so people are wondering at DRA, and at home if kids should wait until 8th grade  to get smartphones.  According to Common Sense Media,  parents should teach their kids or teens to be responsible for a phone. For example, charging the phone. Also, On the official Wait Until 8th Grade site, it says that smartphones are changing lives for children. One example,  is that children lose sleep by playing on their cell phones before bedtime. Waiting until 8th grade to get a smartphone would eliminate this issue for younger children.

Another example of why kids should wait until 8th is kids  don’t go outside much often. If that has an effect on children,which is very important for physical health. A final example of smartphone usage is that instead of using a smartphone, kids should spend time with family and friends.

Alex Reyes, an 8th grader, who uses his smartphone wisely,  said, ” I don’t have time to use my smartphone for enjoyment for more than 5 minutes, especially before bed.”

 

 

 

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