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What I Gave My Kid Instead of a Smartphone

After seeing things on social media no parent could unsee, I decided to do something about it

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A year ago, I spent months undercover on the popular video-making app, Musical.ly. (It’s since been renamed. Nice try, but we see you hiding your lame-app self behind TikTok.) My commitment to using the app as an engrossed child, and not…