Your Kid Doesn't Need a Smart Phone
One of the more common questions Pediatricians get asked by parents nowadays is, "What is a good age to buy my kid a smart phone?"
I am kidding, actually. Most kids have the phone already in hand before the question even gets asked.
Today our kids are being raised in a technologically diverse world that we could only dream of 30 years ago. With that advancement comes attachment. Attachment to devices. Emails, message boards, video conferences, social media posts - they all coincide with today's world and the expectations brought upon us. It is hard enough to manage it all as an adult. How do we expect our kids to do the same?
Smart phones have become the main device for the general population in the United States. Not only does this give your child access to phone calls and texting, but it also introduces them to anything they desire to search for online as well as an ever-growing list of social media apps.
Is any of this healthy for our kids? Can we counter the smart phone option with much more appropriate devices?
Listen in today as I discuss my thoughts on this and let me know what YOU think!
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