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Teaching Banning smartphones for kids is just another technology-fearing moral panic

Banning smartphones for kids is just another technology-fearing moral panic

If a few concerned parents have their way, Colorado will be among the first states to ban the sale of smartphones for use by children under the age of 13. After witnessing what he called a “dramatic, very violent outburst” from one of his sons when taking away his smartphone, a Colorado father (and medical professional) helped create a new lobbying group, called Parents Against Underage Smartphones (PAUS). The group provides links to a wide range of research into the negative effects of smartphone use on children.

Nicholas Bowman, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, West Virginia University
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Should the government ban children from using smartphones?
STANDARDS:
RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.6 - Author's Purpose, RI.8 - Evaluate Argument

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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