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Can smartphones seriously hurt our kids?

Can smartphones seriously hurt our kids?
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Julie Lynn Evans, a child psychotherapist, has been doing her job for 25 years. In the 1990s, before smartphones became the new normal, she claims to have only dealt with one or two teen suicide attempts every year.

Now, Evans faces "as many as four a month." The reason she's been so busy with these terrifying teen behaviors, she believes, is that just about every teen carries a smartphone with them wherever they go.

Smartphones might keep parents more connected to their children, but it also gives those teens a more dangerous kind of freedom. This freedom, Evans claims, lets children:

Access the internet without adult supervision in parks, on street, wherever they are, and then they can go anywhere. So there are difficult chat rooms, self-harming websites, anorexia websites, pornography, and a whole invisible world of dark places. In real life, we travel with our children. When they are connected via their smartphone to the web, they usually travel alone.

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