Kids Are Becoming Frustrated Due To Smartphones

Benefits of low-tech parenting strategies for child development

Daily Rants
3 min readMay 13, 2024

These days, it seems like almost every child has a smartphone glued to their hand. From tiny toddlers to teens, screens are becoming a constant companion at meals, in cars, and even in bed. However, I chose a different path for my daughter, Eleanor. I wanted to see if staying away from smartphones could really make a difference in her growth and happiness.

When Eleanor was just a little girl, I decided not to let her use a smartphone to keep her busy, even during meal times or when I needed a break. Many of my friends and other parents told me that I would give in eventually, that it was just too hard to avoid. But I stood firm in my decision. Instead of handing her a screen, I encouraged her to play outside and engage with the world around her.

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