Opinion: In years to come society will question why we introduced young children to smartphones and the internet

In a small corner of the internet a campaign to give youngsters a smartphone-free childhood is gathering pace. Concerned by the social media juggernaut hurtling down the track towards their offspring, parents of primary-school pupils are uniting in the hope of challenging the social norm of having a mobile phone at 11. Worried families are said to be joining the people-powered movement in their droves. Amid Children’s Mental Health Week and Tuesday’s Safer Internet Day – they are talking loud and proud about their desire to hold-off putting the internet into young hands in the hope of forcing …

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