The No-Phone Childhood Movement

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by Axios.

Parents around the globe are banding together to keep their kids away from smartphones.

Why it matters: Study after study has detailed the stress and anxiety kids and teens deal with as a result of smartphone and social media use.

Zoom in: An organization in the U.S. called “Wait Until 8th” is gaining traction. The group offers a playbook to communities of parents who want to sign pledges to hold off on getting their kids smartphones until at least eighth grade. Similar groups of parents are being formed in other countries.

The bottom line: It’s hard to avoid buying preteens and teens smartphones when all of their classmates and neighborhood friends are getting and using them. Parents say acting collectively makes it far easier to say no.

Source: Axios

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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