KIDS SHOULD NOT HAVE A CELL PHONEAccording to Dr.
Ann Louise Gittleman in her research on the impacts of mobile phones on kids’ health, “Today, an estimated 31 million kids – 10.5 million of them pre-teens – are on their cell phones on average 3.75 hours a day”.
These days, the number of young children who own a mobile phone is rapidly increasing with the development of the society. The more popular this trend becomes, the more necessary it becomes for younger children. That is the reason why cell phone now plays an important role in human daily life and also for young children. However, because smartphone can possibly bring a lot of harmful effects to children on their characters and social life, I believe that children should not be allowed to have their own one. Firstly, mobile phones can be seen as a negative addiction to children that affects their characters.
At the early stage of their development, children are easily distracted by the interesting games which are simply downloaded on the new smartphones. Although there are engaging and education-oriented games such as puzzles or crosswords, there are more of other action, violent games on the internet that attract kids the most. These games have significantly negative effects on their behavior. Take “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” as an example, children are attracted by great graphic and interesting contents that they are freely to destroy all the facilities in the city, intrigue everywhere they like and provoke the polices. With the immature way of thinking, they may imitate their actions in their real life. They will become more aggressive, violent and restive after playing many games like that. Moreover, using mobile phone is sometimes a waste of time. They would be distracted from studying by spending hours on texting with their friends or surfing on the internet.
Secondly, owning a mobile phone can destroy their normal daily life. With the development of the technology, social media becomes indispensable to everyone, especially young children. It dominated their lives by wasting time texting messages, chatting with their friends or just checking the up-to-date statuses from their friends. Everyone can recognize the boom of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp and lots of other applications on the social media. As a data of NTT Docomo named “Children’ use of mobile phone” in 2014, “81 per cent of children who access the mobile internet use social networking services, with Facebook the most popular service in European countries and LINE most popular in Japan”. This leads to the worse social skills of the kids.
This is one of the reason why Japan does not allow students to use mobile phones in school and does not let them buy mobile phones until the age of 20. Alike to games, teenagers are easily getting addicted to the use of smartphone through social media. They rarely communicate face to face with the surrounding people by only texting messages. Odd atmosphere is undeniable in which all the friends around are staring at the phone’s screen, focusing on “facebook-ing” instead of talking with others when they are hanging out together. Living in such a non-face-to-face environment like that can definitely hinder their social life.
In spite of all the disadvantages mentioned above, mobile phones support them a lot in their life. It is undeniable that parents are now giving them using cell phones to control their actions, their time and contact with them when they are out. However, they may not only use it to contact with their parents but also use it as a tool to contact with friends to hang out and text messages. Giving them a mobile phone means that parents are giving them a powerful communication and fully-accessed to other mass media-production tool.
Hence, giving them a mobile phone at young age can cause negative impacts on them more than controlling them when they are out. Parents may consider a classic, old fashioned cell phone if they really want to but it is still not recommended for young children to own any kind of mobile phones. To conclude, although mobile phones provide children a better and more convenient life, parents should not let them use it freely so that it will not cause bad effects on them about characters and their social life.(707 words)