Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Tuesday 05 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Elizabeth of Portugal
Aleteia logo
Voices & Views
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Should smartphones and social media accounts be illegal for minors?

This article is reserved for Aleteia Premium members

Marian Fil | Shutterstock

Jim Schroeder - published on 04/27/22

We need a serious and open conversation about one of the biggest problems for youth and families today.

We are in the midst of a mental health crisis in this country, and this has been acknowledged by the highest offices in the land. Although there are many factors involved, a large body of scientific research has provided undeniable evidence that for any positive impact that technology may have for youth, using smartphones and social media has resulted in an onslaught of negative physical, psychological, and social outcomes that are only worsening for young people.

The time has come to ask the question: Should legal restrictions be placed on minors when it comes to personal smartphones and social media accounts? Here are the four considerations I believe we need to make when addressing this question.

The following is reserved for Aleteia Premium members

Already a member?

Free! - Without any commitment
You can cancel anytime

Discover all of these benefits:

Aucun engagement : vous pouvez résilier à tout moment


Unlimited access to all new Premium content from Aleteia


Unlimited access to new Premium content from our partners: Our Sunday Visitor and the Dominican friars.


Exclusive access to our prestigious international press review


Limited advertising


Exclusive access to publish comments


Access to our network of hundreds of monasteries that will pray for your intentions

Support media that promotes Christian values
Support media that promotes Christian values
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.