Parents, Would You Let Your Teen Use This Text-Only Smartphone?

By KC

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How do parents know when or if to give their kid a smartphone in this porn-saturated, social-media obsessed world?

The truth is, many really aren’t sure. And this is for good reason, because parents have to balance navigating the social pressures of this digital age with focusing on the safety of their child.

But what if parents didn’t have to choose between online safety and being able to communicate remotely with their kid?

According to a recent report, one company called Gabb Wireless is trying to change that.

From KSL’s report about Gabb: “One answer for parents is to choose a phone that doesn’t grant [their child] internet access but provides texting, contacts, calendar, calculator, radio, camera and alarm clock features. Gabb Wireless has a solution, all for under $100.”

But how would it work? Gabb explains their innovative idea in this video:

Also in the report, Gabb says that with their product, “kids get a first phone they are excited about and parents can communicate without worrying about untethered access to the internet, pop-up pornography, social media pressure, online bullying, academic distraction, and cell phone addiction.”

They’re hopeful their version of a smartphone will give parents the peace of mind they deserve. According to their Facebook, they just kicked off an Indiegogo campaign today to generate support for the first version of their safe smartphone.

If you’re a parent, is this something you’d want your preteen or teen to use?

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Smartphones rule the porn scene

The reality is, if our generation and the next is watching porn, they’re probably searching it out on their smartphones.

It’s infamously difficult to get stats and numbers that detail how the porn industry reaches its consumers, so the best place we have to see the state of business is from porn site reporting their own stats. Are these numbers to be trusted? Frankly, we’re not convinced they can be, so we take this data with a grain of salt while also recognizing that porn truly is one of the biggest issues our generation is facing.

To understand how the industry is reaching consumers and what programs and devices the average consumer uses to access the free, most hardcore content on the planet, let’s dive into the stats shared in Pornhub’s 2018 year in review report.

Over the last several years, according to their data, phones and tablets have become the most popular way to access the massive porn site. In fact, since 2017, there has been an 8% increase in consumers accessing porn through their smartphone.

Take a look for yourself, over 80% of traffic to the platform uses devices other than computers and laptops:

These stats are very telling. Technology has changed not only the content of the porn, but also how, when, and at what age they consume it. Young men and women are all presented with the issue of today’s porn, and studies show that by the time they turn 14 years old, two out of three boys in the U.S. have viewed porn in the last year, and many are watching it on devices they have with them 24 hours a day on their person.

The argument that porn is nothing new—that it’s been around forever and never caused any great harm—seems pretty silly when you think about how different today’s porn is from anything that existed before. The Playboy generation is now dealing with the Pornhub generation, and it’s a completely different game.

Related: Can You Guess 2018’S Most-Viewed Porn Categories On The Largest XXX Site?

Porn is incomparably more accessible, more available, more affordable, and more extreme than anything that existed even a generation ago. Those centerfold magazines that were passed around among youth in previous generations were nothing compared to what youth the same age have access to today, and the impacts of looking today go far beyond just hoping your parents don’t find out.

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What did we learn?

It’s all too clear that porn is more accessible, more common, and more mainstream than ever before, and there’s no real end in sight. It’s changing the way kids grow up and challenging the way moms and dads parent. So what are we going to do about it?

Related: Uncovering The Realities Of Sexting Culture In The Rising Generation

Fortunately for us, information about the harmful effects of porn has also never been more accessible or mainstream than ever before. So while people are logging on to Pornhub and adding daily to their massive stats and using various operating systems and devices, we’ll continue sharing the facts and raising awareness that porn is anything but harmless entertainment. And judging by the hundreds of thousands of messages we’ve received over the years, and the more than 4 million social followers we have, this movement for real love has already made a huge impact in changing the conversation around this issue.

Soon enough, our society will be less interested in the most degrading and humiliating content possible, and more invested in real relationships. It’s only a matter of time. You with us?

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