A group in Colorado, known as Parents Against Underage Smartphones, has begun collecting signatures to get a new initiative on the 2018 ballot.
Initiative 29 would prohibit retailers from selling smartphones to anyone 12 and under—or any adult purchasing a smartphone for a child under 13 years of age.
How will cell phone retailers know who the phone is for? They'd be required by law to ask before completing the transaction.
Retailers would receive a warning for their first violation of this rule, but those who repeatedly fail would be fined, much in the same way alcohol retailers are fined for underage sales.
Fines would range between $500 and $20,000 for subsequent violations and the money collected will support the Initiative, with any surplus going to area elementary schools.
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