Jhett Rogers (pictured with his father Pratt) is the only kid in his middle school friend group in Salt Lake City, Utah, without a smartphone. (Spenser Heaps for The Free Press)

Join Us for Tonight’s FP Behind the Scenes: The Parents Saying No to Smartphones

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By The Free Press

June 7, 2023

Last month, Free Press reporter Olivia Reingold wrote a piece that struck a chord with many of you, revealing how many parents are refusing to give their children smartphones.

Tonight, on June 7, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, you can meet Olivia and Free Press editor Peter Savodnik in a discussion about the story.

Joining them will be Brooke Shannon, the mother of two behind the nonprofit Wait Until Eighth—which encourages parents to hold off on giving their kids smartphones until they reach eighth grade—and Jean Twenge, the psychology professor, foremost expert on Generation Z, and author of iGen and Generations.

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