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The Week Trending - Why Are Parents Buying 'Dumbphones' For Their Kids?

Remember the basic mobile phone you had in the early 2000s, before the likes of Facebook and Instagr...
Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

5:26 PM - 12 Jul 2019



The Last Word With Matt Cooper

The Week Trending - Why Are Parents Buying 'Dumbphones' For Their Kids?

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

5:26 PM - 12 Jul 2019

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Remember the basic mobile phone you had in the early 2000s, before the likes of Facebook and Instagram?

It's now being referred to as a dumbphone, and increasing numbers of parents are buying them for their children.

These phones will not allow you to scroll through social media, and will only make calls and send texts.

But how successful are they in enabling parents to supervise their children's internet time?

Is it reasonable to expect young people to accept a phone that restricts their access to social media and other apps?

Roe McDermott and Damien McLoughlin discussed this story and more in The Week Trending.

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