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About that smartphone of yours…

December 6, 2018

Yesterday’s New York Times included this article, which tells us that:

Bill Gates banned cellphones for his kids until they were teenagers (and Melinda Gates wished they had waited longer).

Steve Jobs wouldn’t let his young children near iPads.

Tim Cook, the C.E.O of Apple, recently said he wouldn’t let his nephews join social networks.

Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired, says of screens, “On a scale between candy and crack cocaine,” they are “closer to crack cocaine.” The rules he has established for screen use by his five children include: no phones until the summer before high school, no screens in bedrooms, network-level content blocking, no social media until age 13, no iPads at all and screen time schedules enforced by Google Wifi that he controls from his phone.

Athena Chavarria, who worked as an executive assistant at Facebook and is now at Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic arm, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, says “I am convinced the devil lives in our phones and is wreaking havoc on our children.” She did not let her children have cellphones until high school, and even now bans phone use in the car and severely limits it at home.

Think they know something we don’t?

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