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US: Parents group ask for ban on smartphones for pre-teen children

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US: Parents group ask for ban on smartphones for pre-teen children
Source: BT.com

A ban on the sale of smartphones for children below 13 years of age has been sought by the US state of Colorado. The decision has been taken to prevent them from getting addicted to the device.

The founder of non-profit group Parents Against Underage Smartphones (PAUS), Tim Fasrnum said, “he drafted the ‘Preservation of Natural Childhood’ initiative after watching his two youngest sons (ages 11 and 13) act like addicts in withdrawal when he tried to limit their smartphone time”.

“Eventually kids are going to get phones and join the world, and I think we all know that, but little children, there’s just no good that comes from that,” he added.

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According to the Washington Post reports, the State government will keep a check on the retailers by making it mandatory for the retailers to submit the reports on selling of the smartphones. It will include the details of each smartphone that have been sold and the intention of the customer who bought the products. The state government will also fine those that repeatedly sell phones to be used by younger children.

Officially, retailers who will sell a phone for use by a pre-teen will first get a warning. Though for continuous violations they may face fines from USD 500 to USD 20,000.The group is comprised of parents, grandparents and concerned citizens who stand together against the harmful effects of continuous internet use on children.

The group is comprised of parents, grandparents and concerned citizens who stand together against the harmful effects of continuous internet use on children.

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