https://www.wsj.com/articles/iphones-vs-parents-the-tug-of-war-over-americas-children-1515772695

Clare Braun, 11 years old, looks at photos on her smartphone with her younger sister Ella in Austin, Texas. Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Wall Street Journal

The battle for the attention of America’s children pits parents against some of the world’s most advanced companies. It is a fight as lopsided as it sounds

Clare Braun, 11 years old, looks at photos on her smartphone with her younger sister Ella in Austin, Texas. Ilana Panich-Linsman for The Wall Street Journal

BOSTON—Gabriel Krause-Grosman, 12 years old, spent family dinners for the greater part of a year on a smartphone offensive. He hounded. He pleaded. All his friends had one, he prodded. Yet his parents stood firm.

“Who the hell would give a junior-high schoolchild a gaming platform to walk through the world with?” said Ellen Krause-Grosman, his mother. “It feels a little like trying to teach your kid how to use cocaine, but in a balanced way.”

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