Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? There is a wonderful resource to help parents delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone-free, and you can sign even if your child is only in Kindergarten right now.
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike regarding children having a smartphone.
Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge. The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone (exposure to inappropriate content, anxiety surrounding private chatrooms, etc…).
To learn more, please visit www.waituntil8th.org . Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge!
The Today Show
Good Morning America
NPR’s On Point news program
Close to 20,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone-Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge at www.waituntil8th.org.
Thank you for your time!
Brooke Shannon Wait Until 8th Executive Director
(Questions? Concerns? Contact Bell Parent, Alisha Beltramini firstname.lastname@example.org or Glover Parent, Colleen Hamilton email@example.com or Coffin Parent, Kate Schmeckpeper firstname.lastname@example.org )
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