Group in Colorado wants to prevent kids under 13 from owning a purchased cellphone

Children under 13 would not be allowed to be the recipient of a purchased cellphone in Colorado under a proposed ballot measure backed by a group called Parents Against Underage Smartphones. To make the 2018 ballot, the group will need to get 300,000 voter signatures. Dr. Tim Farnum, an anesthesiologist in Denver, is leading the group. He says that he saw his own kids having to deal with the effects of always needing to have a device held in their hands. The Doctor said that his kids would take their mobile devices, lock themselves in their rooms, and it ended up changing their personalities. When the Doctor realized that his 12-year old son was getting negatively affected, he took the phone away from him.

Under the proposal, retailers would have to ask customers about the age of the primary user of a handset being purchased, and submit reports each month to the Colorado Department of Revenue. The first violation by a retailer would result in a warning. A second violation would result in a fine between $500 and $20,000.

Complaints are popping up from people who don't think that this is an issue for the government to decide. On Facebook, a post from Cyndy Bowman Odenwald said, "If they are not your kids, how is it your business to decide whether or not they are responsible/mature enough to have a cellphone?"

The American Academy of Pediatrics last year said that kids under 6 should not spend more than one-hour a day in front of a screen. After age 6, the Academy suggests that parents set consistent time limits for screen use as long as it doesn't interfere with sleeping and physical activity.

source: Coloradoan



1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

They should rename the Group: P.A.W.S. Because they are looking for anything you hold to swipe it from your hands.

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1551; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

If these people want to be concerned about how others raise their children, maybe they should be concerned about something far more important than cell phone ownership.

5. HereForTheComments unregistered

I agree. My kid, my rules. Government STAY OUT!

8. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That's not how it works and thankfully so. Why would you write that? Governement has to get involved in some cases, because it could end up being a problem for people in the future. Like if you let your kids drink ir smoke for example.

3. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Not sure this is a "group", I think it is just one person, and I don't think it is cell phones, I think it is specific to smart phones.

4. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013 This is why this is a bad idea. We have to stay ahead.

6. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 145; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

this is a great idea!! anymore, parents have forgotten how to parent... they discipline their kids by taking away their electronics..... DONT GET THEM THE CRAP IN THE FIRST PLACE!! It causes teens and kids to have a full mental breakdown if their phone stops and they cant snapchat, or if the internet goes down. Doctors know whats up. I guarantee more states will follow suit. Just as cell companies need to put blocks in place when people are driving... I'm sorry but people don't have enough self control to not text and drive... I say, take away their right to do anything but dial 911 while driving 20+mph down the road... they don't need to be doing anything else but ensuring they aren't putting lives at risk.. I vote for more control. keep people sane, keep people safe.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I do understand​ some of your points, it is still not right for the government to tell me what I can and can't buy my kid.

9. RocknRolling

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Well the government has for many years been limiting how you parent. If you hit your child; child abuse. If you allow your child to do things that are not deem safe to your child; they may take your child away from you. Not sure of your argument here.

10. RocknRolling

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I believe we are looking at this in a specific standpoint and not in general for all kids. Rather than see that there may be safety reason, that some may not yet understand, for law/ rule to help you protect your child. We all know that we are addicted to smart(things). Imagine if it affects us adult in this way how much more it affects children and adolescence. Chances are you may not need this rule/ law, good for you. But there are many children out there that do not receive enough attention from their parent to realize what is going on with them. Bullying, predators, social impact, dependent on smart things to entertain may start them off too lazy to find entertainment themselves/ imagination. These are just some reason why (smart phone) may need to be limited with adolescent. I guess I'm just trying to understand why and what it means for my fam before I start shutting things down.

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