How Schools Are Promoting Wait Until 8th
I recently had the pleasure of speaking in Danville, CA to a great group of parents at Green Valley Elementary. Concerned about the recent research indicating the negative impact of smartphones on kids, the talk’s organizers had taken the Wait Until 8th pledge and encouraged other parents to join in. The pledge has parents agree not to get their kids smartphones at least until 8th grade. And showing how to build community in the modern age, the pledge doesn’t become active until 10 parents from a child’s grade and school have also taken the pledge.
Every day in my practice, I work with kids whose smartphone obsessions are cutting them off from family and wreaking havoc on their school success. And too often, I see kids who threaten to hurt themselves or become violent when parents attempt to set even modest phone limits–police involvement or psychiatric hospitalization are not uncommon consequences. Not surprisingly, leading tech execs like Bill and Melinda Gates aren’t getting kids smartphones until 14 years of age.
This East Bay Times article highlights Danville parents’ involvement with Wait Until 8th as well as my talk and recommendations for good smartphone choices for kids.