Influence of Cell Phones on Kids

By: Andrena Markley

Mobile phones serve as an entertaining tool for kids as they bring amazing fun features for them. These devices let them stay in touch with their parents apart from allowing them to play games and listen to music.

These days, mobile phones have made an important place in our lives. They have a great influence over all age groups. The hot topic of discussion among the parents these days is "The influence of mobile phones on kids." The children have been affected a lot from these gadgets. Parents think that mobile phones are a tracking tool to know the whereabouts of their children. They wish to stay in touch with them all the time. So they want that their child should always carry a mobile handset.

We know that, kids below eight should not use mobile phones because of various health hazards. So we should prevent kids from using these high-end devices. A research says that kids who use mobile phones widely are prone to tumours. However, this is not justified as there is no evidence to justify the bad effects of mobile devices. But it is for sure that mobile phones do affect kids, but gradually. You must have heard of health hazards like high or low blood pressure, cancer, etc, which can occur by using these phones. Therefore, children should be told to avoid the extensive use of mobile phones as it may badly affect their nervous system.

The mobile manufacturers have always bought the latest technologies in their phones to fulfill the demands of the consumers. There are phones for kids and teenagers with basic features available at affordable prices. Mobile handsets features like games, music and camera attract the kids a lot. The kids are also attracted by the stunning looks of these small and compact devices. They see their parents talking on their phones all the time. So they also wish to own these attractive devices.

Apart from health hazards, these handsets can also affect the kids in other ways. For instance, the latest phones have the ability to share photos and videos. A kid can just push wrong buttons and send some details to a wrong person. He may also dial numbers unknowingly and create problems for others.

With the availability of great mobile handset plans like pay as you go phones deal, parents can track how much their kids are talking on the phone. These phones work well for kids as they include a specified number of minutes to be used within a particular time period. You can buy top-ups if needed. This way, parents can restrict their kids from making more calls.

In short, we can say that mobile devices are beneficial for kids but have some disadvantages too. There are certain things which parents need to consider while deciding which mobile phone they should purchase for their kid. They should consider the price, network service and features. The drop in prices of phones and the availability of latest mobile phones with amazing deals and offers are motivating parents to purchase mobile phones for their kids. They can also learn easily the functions and features of these latest devices. Even an eight year old can easily learn how to send messages, capture pictures, make calls and play games.

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