A Colorado-based special interest group, Parents Against Underage Smartphones, is fighting to get “Initiative 29” on the ballot for the 2018 mid terms. “Initiative 29 prohibits retailers from selling or permitting the sale of a smartphone to a person under the age of 13, or to any person who indicates that the smartphone will be wholly or partially owned by a person under the age of 13,” the proposal states.
An anesthesiologist, Dr. Timothy Farnum, founded Parents Against Underage Smartphones after he saw the debilitating effect they had on children’s activity levels.
“They go from being outgoing, energetic, interested in the world and happy, to reclusive. They want to spend all their time in their room. They lose interest in outside activities,” Farnum said.
The initiative would require electronic store clerks to check the age of youths looking to purchase cell phones and those found to be selling to pre-teens could be fined up to as much as $20,000.
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