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Should you limit your children's phone usage?   


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Ryan M
@RyanM · Posted 13 Oct. 2021

Should you limit your children's phone usage? I feel like kids these days are really addicted to their mobile devices more than ever. My nephew for example, is always on his phone, watching tiktok and watching YouTube, and he rarely puts the phone down. 

Do you find that phones can be overly addicting? Do you think we should limit our children's usage? If so, by how much?


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Debbie Katz Free Spirit
@debkatz78 · Posted 15 Oct. 2021

Phones in and of themselves are great tools that can protect your children and keep them safe. I think it is important to outline those uses and prioritize them. I have a friend who seldom uses her phone and her daughter who is 11 has not ever even asked if she could have a phone. She, like her mother, would much rather be on a computer. She told her for her 13th birthday, she can have her own laptop but she has to use it responsibly or it will be taken away. I think that is a fair approach. 

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Osheen Sharma
@Osheen.Sharma · Posted 16 Oct. 2021

I agree! The safety aspect of cell phone usage for children is part of why I was given one pretty early on. If we can just educate kids on ways to positively use the tech given to them, then overuse and inappropriate use won't be an issue at all. Doing this could help children continue to be mindful of their tech usage even when they grow up.


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Osheen Sharma
@Osheen.Sharma · Posted 14 Oct. 2021

I think children should be taught how to use technology in positive ways. If we make it something they're forbidden to use, it might push them towards it even more and lead to unhealthy media consumption. I think parents should lead by example. Children often mirror what they see around them, so if parents can use their phones and related tech responsibly, they will learn the same. 


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Bomb . Carpe Diem...
@bomb · Posted 17 Oct. 2021

Definitely yes. Children are a blank slate. Tabula rasa as they call it. They are like an empty hard disk. And since they are thirsty for new experiences and new information, the type of data that you allow to be input in their mind should matter most. They should not be allowed to ingest just about anything. As this will ruin their thinking. That said, phones are a major source of information and habit formation. So their use should be limited and closely watched 


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