objections.

 “We know, but everyone else is getting them, we have no choice.”

The message we send to our children is as soon as you feel peer pressure, even if you know it is the wrong thing to do, give in.

 

“But they need independence, this is part of growing up”

Yes, however this independence can be gained with an alternative like a watch or basic phone.

 

“But they will miss out on WhatsApp groups with their friends”

We believe and the research shows that Whatsapp groups are doing more harm than good, however if you really want your child to be in a What’sapp group this can be accessed on a tablet/iPad or laptop at home.

“But we promised them…”

Sometimes as parents it’s okay to change your mind, especially if you have new information about something being harmful to your child. We recommend that you talk this through with your child and after offering them an alternative to the smartphone incentivising them with something you see fit eg. the money for a smartphone being invested in their savings account, etc.

“But their older siblings have them”

Sometimes as parents it’s okay to change your mind, especially if you have new information about something being harmful to your child. We recommend that you talk this through with your child and after offering them an alternative to the smartphone incentivising them with something you see fit eg. the money for a smartphone being invested in their savings account, etc.

 

We can not do this alone, we can choose to protect our children from this unnecessary harm.

 

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