An organization in Colorado is hoping to end the sale of cellphones to kids under the age of 13 years old through a 2018 ballot measure.
Parents Against Underage Smartphones group needs about 300,000 voter signatures in order to get the legislation on the 2018 ballot. The proposal would require that all cellphone retailers ask customers about the age of the primary user of a smartphone and submit a monthly report to the Colorado Department of Revenue on adhering to the requirement.
Dr. Tim Farnum, who is leading the ballot initiative, said that he was inspired to create the movement after watching his children suffer from psychological effects due to using a cellphone at a young age.
"They would get the phone and lock themselves in their room and change who they were," he told The Coloradoan on Saturday.
"Eventually kids are going to get phones and join the world, and I think we all know that, but little children, there's just no good that comes from that," he said.
According to KDVR-TV, retailers who sell a phone for use by a pre-teen would get a warning for the first offense under the proposal, but may face fines from $500 to $20,000 for continued violations.