By Yashwin S.
Have you ever witnessed your child feeling bored and not having fun? Have you ever wondered why your kids ask you for a cell phone? Have you ever considered getting them a cell phone? If you haven’t, it is probably a good choice, and you should get one for them. Most kids today want a cell phone and typically ask their parents for phones so they can entertain themselves by playing games or watching videos. It is rare that you hear of a child from the age of 9 years old on that does not own a cell phone. Cell phones help teach kids responsibility and accountability, provide security, and finally help them keep in touch with extended family. Will you be the next parent to get a phone for your child?
First of all, phones help kids become more responsible. Kids can put reminders and notes on their phone when they need to remember something important such as doctor appointments, places to go to, celebrations, etc. They can also study on the phone for important tests and it helps them learn about the world around them. Jan Urbanski – Director of Safe and Humane Schools in the Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life at Clemson University says, “I think age 9 is a good time for a cell phone—the student is in the 3rd or 4th grade and they are learning about the world. However, it is key for students to be given training around using a cell phone. For example, students should know about turning on/off the cell phone in school, as well as lowering or muting the volume of the ringer during classes."
Secondly, phones provide security. You can track your child’s phone and help keep them away from strangers. Phones also provide the rarity of being lost because you can call your guardian or a trustworthy person to help you get back home. Earthquakes, fires, bad weather, traffic accidents – there are many things that can happen during the day after your children leave the house for school. Cell phones are a lifeline between a parent and their children, and they can also be used to call emergency first-responders.
Finally, phones provide the rare times you keep in touch with your relatives from different countries and continents. One of the benefits that you may not expect is better communication with the extended family. Lisa Yore, mother of four believes her son has become more connected to family members. "My son has the phone numbers of aunts, uncles and his grandmother. They have had conversations and told him that if he ever needs to talk or needs anything, he shouldn't hesitate to call them." Getting a simple, "Good luck at your game" text from Grandma tells the kids that she is thinking of them.
Some people think that cell phones spoil kids with too much entertainment. Some kids are on their 24/7 playing games and watching videos. However most kids who have parental supervision are more likely to use their phones for important reasons like reminders and studying.
Keeping kids responsible, providing security and keeping in touch with distant relatives are strong reasons to provide your child with a phone. Every day a child is losing responsibility, getting lost or becoming distant from an extended family is probably because of not having a phone. Let’s give children phones and watch the change that is being made!