about.

Our aim is to protect children from the dangers of smartphones.

The first children who were given smartphones in primary school are now adults. We now know for every year younger they were given smartphones by their parents, the worse their mental health is today. 

And their mental health is just the start of the serious harm that is caused to children by smartphones. Most parents are unaware of the latest research and alternatives available.

Delay Smartphones began as a pilot campaign for three Edinburgh Primary Schools at the end of 2023.

We are now supporting other schools and parents across the country, and would welcome pledges from any parent ready to make this commitment!

I will have to answer to my children.

I can’t pretend that I didn’t know the harm that smartphones would cause their developing minds and bodies.

I can make a different choice and delay smartphones for my children until at least 14.

We can make a different choice, together.

Hannah Oertel

Mother of children at South Morningside Primary

Founder of Delay Smartphones

Edinburgh, Scotland

For all enquiries contact hannah@delaysmartphones.org.uk

Have you committed yet? Do it now!

still unsure?

 “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 Whatsapp group this can be accessed on a computer 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.

 

Young girl with smartphone