Colorado Might Ban Smartphone Sales to Children


The proposal would require retailers to submit reports to the state government verifying that they had inquired to ban smartphones. And about who each sold smartphone was intended to be used by and fine those that repeatedly sell phones to be used by young children and preteens.

Tim Farnum Denver-area anesthesiologist, is the founder of Parents against Underage Smartphones, or PAUS. The nonprofit group pushing the proposal.

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Farnum inspired to make the push after watching his own kids struggle. With psychological effects of always having device in hand. Further, Colorado Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, said he understands the reasoning behind the proposed law. But that he thinks it oversteps the government’s role into private family life.

In addition, Farnum is leading the charge on a proposed ballot initiative in Colorado. First of its kind in the country. Farnum’s proposal would ban the sale of smartphones to children younger than 13. More likely, to parents who intend to give the smartphone to kids in that age bracket. Proposal is still a long ways off from becoming reality.

Moreover, Last month PAUS got the go-ahead on its proposed ballot language from the Secretary of State. Now start work on gathering the nearly 300,000 signatures required to get on the ballot in November 2018.

The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for children’s smartphone use

For children younger than 18 months: Avoid screen time, except video chatting.

Children 18 to 24 months: High-quality programming is OK, but watch it with your child to help them understand what they’re seeing.

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Younger age between 2 and 5 years old: Limit screen time to 1 hour a day of “high quality” programs. Watch it with your kids and help them understand how it connects to the world around them.

For children 6 and older: Have consistent time limits on screen time and make sure that it isn’t taking time away from sleep or physical activity.