• Here's why I changed my mind and finally let my kid have a smartphone

    10 monthes ago - By Business Insider

    I have a confession to make: My son has a smartphone.
    That may not seem like a big deal. After all, it's hard to find a teen who doesn't one these days. But it was a major move for our family - and particularly for me.
    You see, when my son entered middle school nearly two years ago, I was adamantly opposed to to him having a smartphone. I even went public with my opposition, writing a column about it for the Mercury News.
    I was the very picture of the stern, throwback father.
    "Sorry son," I wrote in the headline for my piece , "You're not getting a smartphone."
    Good intentions
    I had good...
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