Something between a Gizmo and the iPhone maybe? I’ve been trying to talk my kids into a flip phone, but I think I might have found THE BEST cell phone for teens and tweens!
Behold the Light Phone 2:
In their words:
The Light Phone 2 is a simple, 4G LTE phone with a beautiful black & white matte E-ink display. By allowing you to leave behind your smartphone, it encourages you to spend quality time doing the things you love the most, free of distraction. We call this ‘going light’. The Light Phone 2 brings a few essential tools, like messaging and an alarm clock, so it’s even easier to ditch your smartphone more often, or for good. It’s a phone that actually respects you.
The research is rolling in and it’s full of the detrimental effects that smart phone ownership and usage is having on kids. A recent study shows that the average age that kids are getting phones is 10 years old. Yet at every turn we’re seeing that we are raising a tech addicted generation, and it’s not their fault. In fact, it’s ours. It’s time to put the guard rails back on and to help them build healthier relationships with the technology WE put in their hands.
That starts with us as parents. It means that we arm them the right tools at the right times. I’m convinced that smart phones are not the right tool at the right time for kids. Just listen to this interview with the author of iGen (Jean Twenge). Anxiety, depression, and suicide trends have spiked through the roof. That spike trends perfectly with smart phone ownership and kids.
So let’s back things up. Let’s give our kids the right tools at the right time. I’ve said it over and over again. Phones are for communication. Every device we touch does not need to be able to do EVERY THING. So let’s just use our phones to talk and text — to communicate.
I’ve been lamenting that Apple has not created some sort of in between product that works for tweens and teens. A scaled back version of the iPhone. A phone that parents don’t have to spend so much time managing. A phone with basic functionality that could still sync up with things like iPhoto and iTunes. Wouldn’t that be great?
While Apple has done nothing, the Light Phone has hit the market. The Light Phone doesn’t sync up with my Mac based household but guess what? Hey Apple! I’m done waiting.
The Light Phone wasn’t created specifically for kids. And I think that’s a bonus for teens. I’m not trying to arm them with the Lady Bug cell phone from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And frankly, I think we’d all benefit from using a scaled back version of the super computer we’re carrying around in our pockets.
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