Welcome to the 21st century.
Gone are the days when children were still playing outside under the sunshine, most are just staying inside their cage called home and play video games.
As someone born before the emergence of hi-tech gadgets, I can say that my childhood was more awesome than those growing up today.
Yes, many supporters say kids should own a phone for emergency purposes, but pre-cell phone kids grew up without phones to call for emergency, and yet they have no problem with it.
If a child really needs to call someone, they can use their teachers phone. Parents in turn can call the school.
I believe phones are slowly destroying the process of a more active childhood, and here are the reasons why kids shouldnt be allowed to own one:
Instead of studying or playing outside, kids waste their time texting and calling their BFFs. It’s no wonder why the Philippines is the text capital of the world.
Also, phones promote a more distant way of communication. Face to face conversation is becoming less common nowadays.
Instead of playing bato lata, children are playing Angry Birds. Instead of hide-and-seek, they play Candy Crush.
Children are becoming less healthy, doing less physical activities and those who don’t eat vegetables should expect a visit to the doctor once or twice a year.
Especially if your kids phone has 12 megapixel camera, they are not safe from the athletic snatchers (since they grew up in the pre-phone era, snatchers are athletic people).
Most Filipinos are middle-class or poor. General buying rule, if you cant afford to buy two smartphones for your child, then don’t buy one.
Why walk far just to talk to your friends when you can just call them?
Its easier to call someone than walk a few distance to talk to that person. There will come a time when we become those obese people in the movie WALL-E.
Radiation is a scary word. It may cause cancer and phones . Early exposure to radiation means more risk in getting sick. Though theres not yet a conclusive proof about phones causing cancer, its always better to be safe than sorry.
Smartphones can access the internet in almost anywhere.smartinternet.info
But how child-friendly is the security setting of your childs phone? Your kid might add some shady stranger on Facebook and it would definitely not end well.
They might stumble upon an adult website or Justin Bieber music and God knows how it might affect them.
With easier access to the internet comes easier way of bullying someone.
If youre child is bullied on the internet, how can you punch that person or sue him if hes anonymous in the internet?
Though your kid doesnt do drugs or smoke weed, they might get addicted to their phone.kids.britannica.com
Phones offer a lot of entertainment like Facebooking, video games and videos.
Kids would spend most of their day facing the phone screen and taking selfies instead of facing people and their homework.
And since phones are portable, they would bring it to their bed and use it all night long, resulting in lack of sleep.
My mom didnt buy me one when I was a kid, so why would my kids have one?!!