Thursday, 07 August 2008
We live in a world where, instead of studying, kids spend countless hours chatting on AIM or "Facebook or MySpace stalking." Besides that, there is another addiction that is increasing each year: cell phone use. Texting has become more popular and wireless phone bills are hundreds of dollars from the million calls/messages kids make throughout the day.
I remember getting my first cell phone when I was a freshman in high school. I always wanted one because that was when Nextel became popular and my peers were jumping at any chance to get one. When I got my cell phone, though, my parents restricted me... A LOT. I wasn't even allowed to use it unless I was in a life and death situation, but as the years went on, more and more kids had cell phones so the whole restricting phase stopped. Freshman year of high school isn't that early to own a cell phone, but now kids are in fifth grade and their hands are glued to their Blackberrys! I don't know about you but having a cell phone at ten years old (and believe me, it's getting younger) seems out of control. To be honest with you, it sort of creeps me out seeing their tiny fingers spasmodically text every twenty seconds.
With that said, the fact that an increased risk for brain tumors may be linked to cell phone use is beyond scary. Although there is no solid proof, should we forget the possibility? I think it's important to teach children that there is a world beyond texting and cell phones in general. They should find alternative ways of communication or at least understand that cell phones shouldn't be the number one thing on their Christmas or Birthday list, just because the pressures of society are increasing along with the evolution of technology.
What age did/would you let your child(ren) get a cell phone? Would the possibility of a health risk affect your decision?