No cell phones before 14 says Bill Gates

By Nici De Wet
04 May 2017

His kids are banned from using Apple products in his house.

Even the man who created the modern computer industry says we shouldn't be too fast in getting our kids online.

In a new interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates (61) says he and his wife Melinda imposed strict rules on their three kids and wouldn't allow them to have smartphones until they were teenagers.

"We didn’t give our kids cell phones until they were 14, and they complained other kids got them earlier,” the world's richest man told a British newspaper, revealing he also sets limitations on them.

"We don’t have cell phones at the table when we are having a meal, we often set a time after which there is no screen time and, in their case, that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour. You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.”

While his kids are now aged 20, 17 and 14, they are still banned from having any Apple products in the house thanks to Bills' longtime rivalry with fellow tech billionaire and late Apple founder Steve Jobs.

According to the 2016 “Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives” report, the average age that a child gets their first smartphone is now 10.3 years.

“I think that age is going to trend even younger because parents are getting tired of handing their smartphones to their kids,” Stacy DeBroff, chief executive of Influence Central, told The New York Times.

Interestingly Steve Jobs once answered a question from a New York Times reporter, asking him 'What do your children think about the new iPad?' to which he answered, "they wouldn't know as they're banned in his house."

Sources: GOODEyewitness news

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