You let your kids have a phone, and then every single one of these things happened

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  • They’ve been begging you for months. There’s been screaming and crying – ‘all of my friends have got one!’ they roar. They want a mobile phone, and they’re not giving up until they’ve got their grubby little mitts on one.Eventually, something’s gotta give – and usually, it’ll be you. So you equip them with a smartphone, under the premise of education and personal safety. Here’s what actually happens…

    They have endless conversations with their friends…

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    …but will never talk to you again

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    They take thousands of pictures of each other…

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    …and themselves

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    They play games for HOURS…

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    …master social media surprisingly quickly…

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    …and start to communicate solely using smiley faces

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    They develop selective hearing…

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    …and no longer have any interest in anything that isn’t digital…

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    …even when there’s food involved

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    However, regardless of how much they love it, that phone is not in a safe pair of hands

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    They carry it as through it didn’t cost 1,000 weeks worth of pocket money

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    It’ll never have any battery left

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    Somehow, it’ll end up waterdamaged…

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    …or ‘creatively improved’ by a younger sibling

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    Which will of course lead to this reaction:

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    But for all of the trouble phones cause, you’re glad your kids can call you in an emergency…

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    …and get in touch if they really need help

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    So don’t worry if you feel like you’ve lost your kids to their phones…

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    …they’ll come crawling back as soon as they’ve managed to smash the screen.

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