Group aims to ban cellphone sales to children under 13 years old

Experts say cellphones cause changes in preteens

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor , Derick Hutchinson

DETROIT - A group is aiming to ban the sale of cellphones to children younger than 13 years old.

The initiative would require retailers to ask the age of the intended primary user of the smartphone. Retailers who sell a smartphone for use by a preteen would get a warning for the first offense, but could be fined up to $20,000 for subsequent violations.

The doctor who founded the group said once children get a smartphone, they change from outgoing, energetic and happy to isolated and anti-social.

Many experts suggest that parents set media-free times and places, such as during dinner and when it's time for bed. They said phones shouldn't replace outdoor activities, sleep or contact with people.

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