5 Reasons Your Kid Should Not Have A Cell Phone

1. Privacy Concerns

You may be surprised to find out that only 61% of youth use privacy settings on their social media sites and 52% don’t turn off their location or GPS services. This leaves their locations visible to strangers.

But the scariest revelation to me was that 14% of children have posted their home addresses online.

And before you say, “OH my child would NEVER do anything like that, because we’ve had the “talk” with them; realize this study also revealed that almost 70% of the youth polled admitted to hiding their online activities. Add this to the fact that less than half of the parents are aware of what their child is doing online.

2. Regrets

So what exactly are the kids doing online with their smartphones? Since 1 in 4 teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, saying they mostly go online using their phone, parents need to realize this is their access to the online world. The phones really aren’t just for talking anymore. They are use for texting, surfing, social media, pictures, and yes even sexting.

1 in 4 use their phones primarily as a computer for online access, the other 75% use their tablets or other mobile device. So even if you think they’re not online because they don’t have a phone- ask yourself- do they have a tablet, an iPod, an iPad, a kindle? These need to be monitored just as heavily as smart phones.

3. Cyber-Bullying

This should probably be at the top of the list because the results of cyber-bullying can lead to a lot more than regrets, job-loss or embarrassment. It can lead to Death!

Wikipedia defines it as the use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. “That may be posting rumors or gossip, but it can elevate to personally identifying victims and publishing material that defames and humiliates them.

This is SERIOUS!

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people according to the centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s about 4,400 deaths every year! And that doesn’t include the 440,000 suicide attempts that were unsuccessful.

4. Inhibits True Social Interaction

A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that 6th graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. It goes on to explain that this finding should be a wake-up call to schools to make sure they’re not just shoving iPads into student’s hands as a teaching method. Instead they need to make sure they’re getting real face to face social interaction and less screen time.

5. Poor Academic Performance and More Anxiety

Many schools ban students from bringing in cell phones. Since most cell phones are able to look up information online, and can double as calculators and cameras; the ways that a child can use them to their advantage are numerous. It seems that texting has become the new way to “pass notes” in the back of the class.

Even if your child isn’t cheating with his cell phone, if he or she is using it, then they are not listening to the teacher, therefore adding one more distraction to their learning experience.

4 thoughts on “5 Reasons Your Kid Should Not Have A Cell Phone

  1. Jennifer Stacey says:

    I agree with your points, but I must say that sadly when we moved to our area 10 or so yrs ago, almost all of the kids in my daughters 1st grade class had phones. CRAZY! We made both our kids wait until they were in 3rd grade and had the talk. But, I also personally went into their settings and changed their privacy, restriction, and gps settings with a passcode. I know, their other friends parents most likely did not, but I keep conversations with both kids about whats appropriate and whats not. Also, schools here embrace using personal phones during class for research, etc. I’ve tried to make the best of a sticky situation….

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    • kidsgallore says:

      Well , I think whatever you did was totally correct. It is always better to keep a check on what your little ones’ are upto.
      Cellphones have become an opium for kids as well as adults. It is almost impossible to keep them away totally from smartphones, but , yes , a little control over your child’s phone settings is also very important.

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  2. shellysopinion says:

    I also agree with your points, I’ve seen a six year old with working cellphone, My boys are about to be nine years and I told them when they get to thirteen I will think about getting them cell phones. they also have to prove to me that they are mature enough for it.

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