Children and Mobile Phones

At some point, most of us decide that our kids are ready for a phone so they can call when they get off the bus, need a ride, or just check in. That’s when you discover that it’s nearly impossible to find a phone with only the features you need namely, the ability to receive and make phone calls.

While many experts say there is no link between mobile phone use and cancer in adults there is still widespread uncertainty about the risks children face. Research into health and mobile phones has been beset with difficulties. Mobiles have been in use for a relatively short time and yet cancers can take decades to develop. However most scientists seem to agree about one thing that if mobiles are hazardous, children are may be more vulnerable than the rest of us to their possible ill-effects.

If you have a child older than 5, you’ve probably already heard the plea. “Can I have a cell phone?” your child asks. Or, “Why can’t I have a cell phone?” No doubt about it: Cell phones are a great way to stay in touch anytime, anywhere. But is your child old enough for one? That’s a tough call for many parents, because it’s not just about the child’s age. So if you and your child are having this debate, here are some considerations to keep in mind.

There are many benefits added to it like you may also feel safer knowing where your kids are. And in an emergency, a cell phone can be crucial if your child needs to reach you or vice versa. But health hazards are also by products of it. Nothing like talk of compromising baby brains to make you reach for the nearest hands-free device. It’s best to proceed with caution even as we continue to learn more about how cell phones affect us. There’s been some concern that the nighttime glow from digital screens devices may cause depression, for example. Most young kids don’t need a phone — the exception may be children with allergies or medical conditions — but that changes once kids leave elementary school.

Children aren’t born knowing the rules about how to use cell phones respectfully: including not using them to spread rumors, not taking (or sending) photos without people’s permission, not sending inappropriate photos or texts, not having personal conversations in public places — and of course, never communicating with strangers, no matter how they present themselves. So parents and teachers and schools can make children come out this addiction to cell phones.

 

 

 

 

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