By Brooke Shannon
Last month I launched the Wait Until 8th pledge along with several other committed parents who wanted to fight the mounting pressure in our community to give children a smartphone at an early age.
The pledge is empowering parents across the country to say yes to waiting on the smartphone. Hundreds of parents from 14 states and 40 schools have signed the pledge at www.waituntil8th.org .
Here is what some of the parents that signed the pledge are saying:
"This is incredible! I am signing 100%. My older two children got phones in 6th grade and it has added very little value and a world I don't want them exposed to."
"I love this! I’m so glad that you have initiated this effort on behalf of all of our kids and the community! It’s gained so much momentum. I’m so excited!"
"We had no idea how distracting and terrible the smartphone would be for our son when we gave him one in 6th grade. We absolutely are on board for waiting until at least 8th grade for our other two children."
"As a middle school teacher, I have experienced what a negative impact smartphones have in the classroom and in the social arena. Thank you for standing up to this push for phones earlier in childhood."
A really famous parent - who knows a thing or two about technology - spoke out last week saying he doesn’t think children should have a smartphone until they’re 14. That is 8th grade! Thank you, Bill Gates! Bill and Melinda also put rules in place once their children have smartphones. Phones are not allowed at the dinner table and screen time is cut off at a certain point in the evening.