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Evan Williams

Troy Wolverton: Sorry, son, you're not getting a smartphone

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered middle school last year. My son wasn't so lucky. Not only did he not get a smartphone when he entered middle school, but I don't plan to get him even a simple cellphone anytime soon. Michelle's story about what happened with her son's use of his phone which you definitely should read has served as a cautionary tale. That, plus some research I've done on my own, has influenced my thinking. My take-away on all this: Giving a kid a phone particularly a smartphone should not be taken lightly. It should be done only after considering all the risks involved, educating your kid about them and attempting in...

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