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No smartphones for kids?! Parents pledge "Wait Until 8th"

Thousands of parents are signing a pledge not to buy smartphones for their kids until they're in eighth grade.(photo: MGN/Pixabay)

No smartphones for kids?

Thousands of parents are signing a pledge not to buy smartphones for their kids until they're in eighth grade.

It’s called Wait Until 8th.

With everyone having smartphones these days, the pressure to "feel cool" is what's behind a nationwide online pledge.

Some parents are for the pledge for safety concerns.

“Them being on Facebook all the time, (there's )a lot of different apps they can go to,” said Larry Pope, a parent who got his kids smartphones at age 14. “It's not just texting anymore, it's internet access. Anything can happen.”

But other parents say the pledge is not realistic.

“They're all involved in sports, all live active lives, my husband and I can only do so much,” said Joann Dinitto. She bought her kids smartphones at age 10 and said the choice should be up to the parents.

“I get the peer pressure, but as a parent you need to raise your child to be strong,” she said.

Elaine Spaull, the Executive Director for the Center for Youth says the pledge is a good move.

“The social pressure of not having a phone is nothing compared to the social stigma of having something said or shared about you that cant be pulled back in," Spaull said.

The idea is to get 10 other families in your area to sign the pledge online. You can find out more here https://www.waituntil8th.org/

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