The Negative Use Of Cell Phones

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With the new generation, it is not uncommon to find a child using a cell phone. With the rise of new technology, cell phones are very common among every family, and even every household individual. This leads to a very controversial question. When should a child be permitted to have their own cell phone? Cell phones can be a very imperative device for an adolescent, especially in this new generation we live in today. Children now have access to millions of informative apps which could each administer a number of benefits. However, even with the abundance of positive benefits, there is a plethora of negative impacts that a cell phone can cause to an adolescent. Actively restricting access to atrocious websites is the key to minimizing the negative benefits. One concept that needs to be addressed, is the daily consumption of interaction through a screen. According to Amy Williams "Some studies estimate that an average person checks their screen one-hundred and fifty times a day. This widespread use of technology trickles down to the youngest members of our society. Data from Britain shows almost 70 percent of 11- to 12-year olds use a mobile phone and this increases to close to 90 percent by the age of 14.” With the daily consumption being so high of a number, there must be a realization that this much usage can and will have a negative impact on the growing brain of today's children. Fredrik Soderqvist conducted a study on the effects of mobile phones to children's mental health. At the conclusion of his study, he stated "young mobile phone users who participated in the study reported a lower Page 2 sense of well-being compared to participants who did not use mobile phones. Teens that used mobile phones were more likely to be anxious and depressed." For children, cell phones are an open door to inappropriate sites. Although there are ways a parent can limit the opportunity, the probability of completely removing the threat is very meager. Especially since children feel that they are entitled to a social media account, specifically ones like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Friendster. With over a number of different social media websites, it is preposterous to try to
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