"They would get the phone and lock themselves in their room and change who they were", Farnum told The Coloradoan.
A Colorado group is looking to curb the sales of cellphones to children under 13 years old and officials in the state have cleared the language for a proposed ballot measure. Of course, such a ban would then tack on the burden of providing ID before buying a smartphone in the state, as well as forcing the cellphone providers to send the Colorado Department of Revenue monthly adherence reports. While the technology itself wasn't shown to be damaging, not addressing the child's problems risks inflicting developmental damage on them.
Though Farnum's campaign only targets smartphones-the organization writes on its website that "good, old-fashioned cellular phones with voice, Global Positioning System and, yes, even texting are not included"-kids' usage of mobile devices in general are on the rise".
But the father of five is not convinced these devices are beneficial for children, a conclusion he came to after his two youngest sons, ages 11 and 13, got smartphones past year.
"Initiative 29 prohibits retailers from selling or permitting the sale of a smartphone to a person under the age of 13, of the 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.
It's not just Farnum, but other parents in Colorado are having a hard time too as their kids become obsessed with smartphones, which keeps them inside the home instead of going out and socializing. If a retailer repeatedly violates the rule, it would have to pay between $500 and $20,000. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, told the Coloradan.
"Frankly, I think it should remain a family matter", Colorado state Sen. "This is no different, in my opinion".
'I know there have been different proposals out there regarding the Internet and putting filters on websites that might put kids at risk.
To put the law to a vote in 2018, the proposal now needs 300,000 voter signatures. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
He said: 'It's kind of ironic, perhaps. "It's slowly gaining steam".