Kids and Cell Phones: Hazard?
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By Linda Carroll
More parents are looking to cell phones to help keep their
children safe. But mom and dad should be aware: Kids who
talk on a cell phone may be more likely to step into
traffic, a new study shows.
Children should learn to end phone conversations before they
step up to the curb and prepare to step into traffic, says
David Schwebel, an associate professor and vice chair in the
department of psychology at the University of Alabama at
Birmingham and co-author of the study.
While research shows that older kids and more experienced
users also don't navigate streets as well while on a cell
phone, younger children tended to find gadgets more
“Kids this age are just learning to cross the street on
their own,” says Schwebel. "They're novices."
A third of the 20 million 8- to 12-year-olds in the United
States already have a cell phone, with more than half of "tweens"
expected to be carrying them by the end of next year,
according to market researchers. The research from the
University of Alabama researchers highlights how important
it is for parents to teach kids about cell phone safety
while they’re out walking around.
In the study, which was published in latest issue of
Pediatrics, researchers watched as 77 pre-teens individually
navigated a virtual reality street crossing. The children
were first allowed to familiarize themselves with the street
scene before actually starting the test. Then they were
asked to run through the simulation 12 times, six while on
the phone, six while undistracted.
While on the phone, children were asked questions such as,
“What’s your favorite television show?” or, “What do you
like to do for fun?”
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