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This Dad Is Trying To Ban Your Preteens From Using Smartphones

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Tim Farnum, an anesthesiologist, is also the man behind the message of Parents Against Underage Smartphones.

As a doctor and father of five living in Colorado, he is seeking to ban the sale of smartphones to children under the age of 13. After witnessing first-hand the negative effects of the device on his own children, he has taken up arms to create legislation that would make it illegal for stores to sell smartphones to children under 13 years old.

“They would get the phone and lock themselves in their room and change who they were,” Farnum told The Coloradoan.

The proposed legislation would be the first of its kind in the United States and it needs 300,000 signatures to make it onto the 2018 ballot.

If it is enacted, the ban would require retailers to submit monthly purchase reports to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Any stores found in violation of the law could pay fines from $500 to $20,000.

Although many believe that it's not up to the state to regulate the cell phone use of minors, there is something to be concerned about when it comes to tech addiction.

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