Colorado Dad Wants to Ban Smartphones for Kids

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Should fifth-graders be allowed to waltz into a store and purchase their own smartphones? 

Tim Farnum doesn’t think so. 

After witnessing some surly smartphone-related behavior from his 11- and 13-year-old daughters, the Colorado dad has introduced a ballot initiative that would make it illegal for cellphone providers to sell smartphones to kids under the age of 13 in the state. 

"In February, he formed the nonprofit PAUS (Parents Against Underage Smartphones) with a few other medical professionals and began drafting a ballot initiative that, if passed, would make Colorado the first state in the nation to establish legal limits on smartphones sales to children," stated the Washington Post.

While the proposal has garnered “overwhelming” support in certain corners, some lawmakers are wary of legislating what they feel should be a parental responsibility.

Voters could see the proposed law on their 2018 ballot.


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