I'm very passionate about my kids not owning devices and having social media accounts (along with very limited wifi and it's supervised). I believe in kids being kids, letting them be bored, having chores, using their imagination and spending one on one time with my people.
I'm not a scientist, I do not have a degree in Psychology but I can tell you it's been one of the BEST decisions I've made in my life as a parent without reports telling me I should. They are not always happy with me, I DON'T FUCKING CARE. Why, because my job is to do the best to grow them into strong, confident, smart thinking and kind people not to make best friends with my kids. If my kids wanted to eat candy for dinner every night I would say fuck no, this is no different!
This article right here (from Your Modern Family- The scary truth about what's hurting our kids) is why I do me, why I do this"NOT THE NORM" deprived my children of technology, make them play outside, give them chores and have consequences style of parenting. The world is HARD (as is), why would I give them access to something that will cause them to dought themselves, drain their imagination and give them anxiety at such a young age.
They will have a phone in high school (at some point), my hope is that they will be older and street smarter by then to understand the amazing way to use these devices and to be safe and smart about it.
If your child is suffering from mental illness please read this article, it might add some light or help a little!
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