Answer Key: Too Young for a Smartphone?

Lesson Plan: Too Young for a Smartphone?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. trend |trend|-nouna general direction in which something is developing or changing: an upward trend in sales and profit margins.
  2. determine |dəˈtərmən| verb [ with obj. ] ascertain or establish exactly, typically as a result of research or calculation: officials are working with state police to determine the cause of a deadly bus crash.
  3. experts |ˈekˌspərt| noun-a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area: experts in child development | a financial expert.
  4. regulate |ˈreɡyəˌlāt| verb [ with obj. ] control or maintain the rate or speed of (a machine or process) so that it operates properly: a hormone that regulates metabolism and organ function.
  5. guideline |ˈɡīdˌlīn|  noun-a general rule, principle, or piece of advice.
  6. resistance  |rəˈzistəns|  nounthe refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument: she put up no resistance to being led away.
  7. restraint  |rəˈstrānt| noun- (often restraints) a measure or condition that keeps someone or something under control or within limits: decisions are made within the financial restraints of the budget.
  8. addictive |əˈdiktiv|   (also informal addicting) adjective -(of a substance, thing, or activity) causing or likely to cause someone to become addicted to it: a highly addictive drug | gambling can become addictive.
  9. distracting |dəsˈtraktiNG| verb-prevent (someone) from giving full attention to something: don’t allow noise to distract you from your work | (as adj. distracting) : she found his nearness distracting.
  10. benefit |ˈbenəfit| noun-an advantage or profit gained from something: tenants bought their houses with the benefit of a discount | enjoy the benefits of being a member | uninformed criticism is of benefit to no one.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

“In the end, such cons may outweigh the pros, Ms. Weinberger said. If you hold off giving smartphones to children, many still have access to technology tools through devices like computers and tablets, she added. The main difference with a smartphone is that it is with a child everywhere, including outside of parental supervision.”

 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


But they also are one step closer to distracting games.


In the end cons may outweigh the pros.


Some limits are, no smartphones at the dinner table or in class.