Why ‘Wait Until 8th’?
I realize this may not be popular, but really I don’t understand this trend. ‘Wait Until 8th’ (grade) to give your kids a smartphone is a campaign that launched last August and continues to gain traction. They recently published this piece on Facebook extolling the benefits of the new LightPhone2, calling it a “basic phone with a cool design without all the garbage that comes with smartphones.”
At first it’s easy to agree, but if you dig deeper, you’ll realize that every app on an iPhone is a parent’s choice. The only exceptions are the phone itself and text messaging. Literally, it takes less than a minute to strip a iPhone down to these basic components. If you’re ready to give your children some controlled freedom, a Friend Favorite: OurPact, can help you set time allowances and limits for every single app. Even famed chef, Jamie Oliver, calls it “life-changing,” and we’ve found it makes managing screen time so much easier.
While I’m sure ‘Wait Until 8th’ is well-meaning in its intentions, there are parents like myself, who love that FaceTime is their 6th grader’s go-to to talk with friends and that our middle schoolers can listen to music, take as many pictures as they want and make iMovies, all on one device. A $250 “light” device is an expensive alternative to a repurposed or refurbished smartphone that your child can grow into.
Having a strong set of guidelines for media use for tweens sets the tone and paves the way for the future. Personally, I think it’s easier to ‘parent technology’ while our kids are still inclined to take direction from us, and then, we can turn the firehose on, one twist at a time.
With best wishes,
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