“There are lots of posts out there about how old kids should be before they get a cell phone. Even more parents weigh in about smartphones and when those are “necessary” or even reasonable. But I would not have said “Wait until they’re 18″ until yesterday.
Yesterday I was contacted by a reporter to give an opinion on smoking simulation apps and how effectively they’re marketed to children. These are not help-to-quit-smoking apps. Oh no! It turns out (perhaps I’ve been living in an app-cave?) that there are all kinds of illegal activities that can be simulated — for free and with no age requirement — on your child’s phone! You don’t even have to click a little “I’m-lying-about-my-age-to-make-politicians-and-parents-feel-better” box.”
To read more of Dr. G’s article, visit HuffPost: Smartphones: The New Gateway Drug