Cellphones for Children

Presently, mobile phones offer more and more conveniences not only to adults but to children as well. More games, mobile apps and communication avenues are available to attract the children to stay tuned to their mobile phones. How in tuned? you may ask. The answer may surprise you.

Children and Mobile Phones

Since mobile phones offer an anytime, anywhere type of communication, cellphones for children may easily slide into the ongoing interaction effect. Not only do call and text make it easier for the youngsters to communicate, through the internet’s various ways of communication, they become readily vulnerable to being excessively attached to their phone.

According to Japan’s The Daily Yomiuri, youngsters appear to perceive mobile phones as inseparable to them, likening them to their body parts. They begin to have unsettling feelings when they see that they do not have any messages. Moreover, since they are easily exposed to mobile phones’ applications, some have found difficulty with the basic communications skills such as ‘the ability to interpret the facial expressions, behaviour and tones of voice of others.’

Cellphones for Children – The Good Effect

Clearly, cellphones for children are not entirely harmful. In fact, they could prove to be especially advantageous when there are emergencies. For example, when the family’s schedule is always hectic, with the help of mobile phones, parents’ communication to children is easy and vice versa. When there is an unforeseen event, it is simpler to keep in touch. Yes, in many ways, mobile phones make life easier both for parents and children.

Parents: How to Make Mobile Phones Safer for Children

1) Before purchasing a new mobile phone to your child, make sure to discern whether it is necessary that your child should have it. Depending on a child’s age and maturity level, a parent should ask ‘Is my child responsible enough to handle a mobile phone wisely?’

2) As soon as you decided to purchase a mobile phone for your children, set up some ground rules. Basic guidelines will set the needed boundary of their use such as the time they can and can’t use it, the people they should only entertain and the kind of discipline they will have when they break the rules.

3) Make it clear to them the health risks of too much mobile phone use. According to Department of Health, youngsters under the age of 16 are still developing; this includes their nervous system. This means that their excessive exposure to mobile phone’s radiation can seriously impact their nervous system’s development as an adult.

It is undeniable that mobile phones offer useful ways not only to communicate to others but also to connect themselves with the world’s innovations. It is inevitable that their curiosity will only grow. Still, as parents, one of the best ways to lessen a negative health risks of cellphones for children is not only by instructing them, but also by setting a good example to them.

Sources and citation:

http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102003008?q=mobile+phone+and+children&p=par

http://www.childalert.co.uk/article.php?articles_id=429, Technology Mobile Phones


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Further Reading..

In America 20 million kids under the age of fourteen have cell phones and in Australia one in four 9 year old's has their own phone.

More reading if you are considering a mobile phone for your child or teenager

From the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) comes a fact sheet on the use of wireless devices..

"Due to the lack of scientific evidence on mobile and cordless phone use by children, ARPANSA recommends that parents encourage their children to limit their exposure,''

They also suggest that baby monitors be kept a meter away from cots, to minimise any electromagnetic emissions.

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