The race to make smartphones illegal for children under 16 – and why it matters

‘It comes amid growing fears over their impact on young people’s health, development and education.’

‘This week, it emerged the Government is considering banning the sale of mobile phones to children under the age of 16. It echoes previous efforts to curb potentially injurious activities among the young. In 1906, a House of Lords committee thought that juvenile smoking should be brought before the Board of Education and suggested “teachers should be invited to point out from time to time the bad effects of this habit in stunting growth and in producing disease”. The sale of cigarettes to under-16s was forbidden in 1908.’

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