The Guardian view on smartphones and children: a compelling case for action

In an editorial published on April 10, 2024, The Guardian addresses the pressing issue of children’s smartphone use. The article suggests a potential link between the rise in mental health issues among young people and the pervasive use of smartphones. It acknowledges that correlation does not imply causation, but argues that the simultaneous increase in mental health problems and the widespread use of smartphones cannot be overlooked. The article presents counterarguments, stating that the issue may not lie with the phones themselves, but with the apps and content they deliver. It concludes by asserting that the potential harm is significant enough to warrant immediate action, even as debates continue about the best form of intervention.