Group wants to ban sale of smartphones for kids under 13

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 13:12:13-04

A Colorado group wants to ban the sale of smartphones to children younger than 13.

Parents Against Underage Smartphones has started a petition in support of getting Initiative 29 on the statewide ballot in 2018. The initiative would ban the sale of smartphones to anyone under the age of 13 or to anyone who would be purchasing the device to be "wholly or partially owned" by a child.

Retailers caught violating the ban would first receive a warning. Future violations could result in fines of up to $20,000, the proposal states.

According to the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have or have access to a cell phone. Of that percentage, 68 percent are 13 and 14 year-olds.

Initiative 29 needs 300,000 signatures in order to get on the ballot next year.