Banning phones, instead of teaching children how to engage with them properly, ignores how much support is available onlineI remember my first phone. A sticky-buttoned Nokia, given to me by my mum when I was 11, to be used strictly for communication between myself and her (who else was I going to text?), on the way to and from school. I had to press “7” four times just to type the letter “s”. I’m still in my early twenties, but in the intervening years the world of communication has changed dramatically for kids and teenagers. Almost all have smartphones, and many are so closely attached to them that they check them through the night.
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