The new digital gap: Less screen time for rich kids

Silicon Valley execs are steering their children from tech's addictive effects

The parents in Overland Park, Kansas, were fed up. They wanted their children off mobile screens, but they needed strength in numbers.

First, because no one wants his or her kid to be the lone weird one without a phone. And second, because taking the phone away from a middle schooler is actually very, very tough. "We start the meetings by saying, 'This is hard, we're in a new frontier, but who is going to help us?'" said Ms Krista Boan, who is leading a Kansas City-based programme called Start, which stands for Stand Together And Rethink Technology. "We can't call our mums about this one."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 04, 2018, with the headline 'The new digital gap: Less screen time for rich kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe