Kids and Cell Phones:
Dangers Parents Should Know
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Everyone's Got a Cell Phone
Almost everyone has a cell phone these days, including kids.
In fact, twenty-two percent of kids between 6 and 9 have a
cell phone. This increases to sixty percent for tweens
(10-14) and eighty-four percent for teens (15-18). There are
many benefits to giving your child a cell phone, but there
are also dangers to be aware of. In order to protect your
child's health and safety, you need to know about and
understand these dangers.
Cyber-bullying has become a concern with email and private
messages from social networks. It also takes place on cell
phones through text messages. Insults and malicious gossip
can damage a child's self-esteem. Parents are often not
aware that anything is happening and neither are teachers or
other adults because it's more secretive than playground
Cell phones are also becoming a tool for sexual predators
because it is easier for them to hide. Parents are even less
likely to check out the text messages on a child's phone
than viewing the history on their computers. Scam artists
are also using cell phones to reach kids as well as adults.
While the risk between cell phone usage and brain tumors is
still highly debated, other health problems are recognized.
Eye strain and thumb strain from over use are two issues
from looking at a small screen and constantly pressing
buttons. Many kids get text messages during the night,
causing loss of sleep. They are tired the next day and have
Their mental health is also a concern as they become
addicted to having the cell phone and dependent on it to
interact with their friends. Studies show that teens that
use the cell phone the most are more likely to experience
anxiety and depression.
There are a lot of issues with kids using cell phones, but
most people would say the positives outweigh the negatives.
The key is to know about the dangers and make a plan on how
to handle them. I have an article that deals with setting
rules for use of all electronics, including cell phones: How
To Set Rules on Technology with Kids
Parents need to be aware of what is going on in their
children's lives even more in today's society. Open
communication is the key to establishing trust between
parents and children so they feel they have someone to go to
when they need advice or help.
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