Parents pledge to 'Wait Until 8th' to buy kids smartphones

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - Are smartphones causing kids to grow up too fast?

A national group says yes. They are asking people to sign the "Wait Until 8th" pledge -- meaning waiting until their child is in the 8th grade, or at least 14 years old, to receive a smartphone. Their motto -- let kids be kids a little longer. 

Kids under the age of 14 with cellphones is quite common these days. 

'Wait Until 8th' encourages parents to delay giving kids smartphones until they are in 8th grade or at least 14 years old. 

Many parents that we spoke to seem to know what to do and what not to do when it come to cell phones and their kids, but if you have not had that conversation there are tools out there that can help.

"The first time parents give them a phone they should think about -- 'Is my child mature enough for this? -- it's not just about age, but its about maturity," said Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Pam Weaver.

Smartphones may be a means of entertainment, but they do not substitute conversations that families should continue to have.

If you have any information regarding child sexual exploitation, you can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 24 hours a day at 1-800-843-5678.

Click here and here or tips on cellphone safety.

To learn more about the 'Wait Until 8th' movement, visit www.waituntil8th.org.


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