By: Krista Boan
Like many modern parents, I can fluently navigate analog and digital realities--and value them both. I love a game of Twister. And I speak Minecraft. I can find my way along a country road. But I also love my GPS. I know the value of sitting beside a suffering friend, holding her hand in silence. But I have also experienced beautiful, genuine outpourings of love over Facebook. And while one of my greatest hopes is that my own children will learn how to use technology for good, I am also concerned by the research coming out about the effect smartphones are having on their generation.
When I first heard about Wait Until 8th, I breathed a sigh of relief. There were other parents out there who shared my concern, and they had come up with an idea: a pledge designed to help parents band together to delay giving their kids a smartphone until at least 8th grade. Such a simple concept. So much potential to transform communities. Be still, my heart.