DENVER — Colorado officials have cleared the language of a proposed ballot measure that would establish the nation’s first legal limits on buying smartphones for children.
Backers of the move to forbid the sale of smartphones to children younger than 13 would now need about 300,000 voter signatures for the proposal to make the 2018 ballot.
The ban would require cellphone retailers to ask customers about the age of the primary user of a smartphone and submit monthly reports to the Colorado Department of Revenue on adhering to the requirement.
Retailers who sell a phone for use by a youngster could be fined $500, after a warning.
The campaign is being led by Tim Farnum, a Denver-area father and doctor. Farnum is an anesthesiologist and Founder and President of Parents Against Underage Smartphones.
“We see this in the same light as maybe alcohol or cigarettes,” he told CBS Denver in May.
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