Cell phones

Satisfactory Essays
Cell phones are becoming an extremely popular electronic device for people to purchase and in some instances they are even replacing house phones. They are also becoming more technologically advanced. Most cell phone devices can take and send pictures and videos and connect to the Internet for web surfing. Many children, even as young as kindergarten-age (COM-6), are becoming cell phone owners. The potential of things that can be done with these phones are endless. Cell phones can also expose a child to anything that anyone wishes to send him or her in a text or e-mail. I think that parents, teachers, and guardians need to be aware of both the positive and negative aspects of a child having a cell phone before allowing them to have one. Even though they are a lot of dangers having a cell phone,(COM-4) a child contacting his parents or 911 when he is alone can be safer than anything else. A cell phone gives your child a way to get help quickly if he has an emergency. If your child is rarely alone (COM-10), a cell phone for emergencies isn't usually a necessity. A child who walks by himself or stays at home alone until his parents get home should have a cell phone especially if parents no longer have a landline. Some people become too absorbed with using their phone instead of paying attention to what's going on around them. This can eventually lead to rude behavior. They may neglect or ignore the person who is talking to them like the spouse or kids. They sometimes get annoyed by live people talking to them because they're busy looking down at the phone. This happens a lot. For example, I volunteered at an animal shelter and there two dogs who always fought. One day two teenagers walked by their cage and saw them fighting. Instea... ... middle of paper ... ... attention to what's going on around them. If a child is texting or playing a game while he walks home from school, he may walk in front of a car or not notice that someone is following him. Also (COM-2) ,with social media access on many phones,(COM-4) the child is exposed to cyberbullying. She may also reveal her location without realizing it because of location-sharing apps. Also, some parents also worry about the radiation exposure with cellphone use. The research is limited on how those radio waves affect people, (COM-4) but parents often worry about an increased risk of tumors. I think that parents should really consider all the pros and cons before giving their child a cell phone. Even though it can be safer if a kid to has one, there a lot of other things that should be taken in consideration like the child's well being and health as well as their education.
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