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The Point: Be Smart with Your Kid’s Smartphone


John Stonestreet

Don’t wait til they need rehab. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Holy cow—kids as young as 13 are now entering residential rehab programs for “digital technology addiction.”

Denver physician Tim Farnum can relate. When his “formerly energetic” boys got their first smartphones, they became reclusive. When he tried to take them away, they threw tantrums similar to “withdrawals of a crack addict,” he writes.

After research, Farnum learned that, “Too much technology too soon can impair brain development, hinder social skills and trigger an unhealthy reliance on the neurotransmitter dopamine, a high similar to what drug and alcohol addicts feel.”

So Farnum started a ballot initiative to ban the sale of cellphones to kids under 13. But we don’t have to wait for a ballot initiative. Take control of your kids’ technology now. You can do it.

I have suggestions how, as well as other issues you and your kids might face in my new book, “A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World.” We have it for you at



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