“If I Had A Hammer” AFA Article

AFA Journal, December 2018, stated in a lengthy article entitled “If I Had a Hammer,” that when careless parents put smart phones in the hands of clueless kids, lives can be smashed. Author Tony Reinke wrote for every voice raised in praise of smart phones, there is a voice to bemoan the negative. It allows access to a virtual world of information of all kinds from people all around the world but users especially teens become addicted to distraction. If a child needs this phone a good parent can restrict its use by (1) delete any and all social media and Internet browsing apps, and (2) go into phone’s settings and take away the ability to download apps without a pass code that only parents know. This limits the phone to texting and making calls which are the only two things most children need in a smart phone.