10 Children and Cell phones - Dr. Jeanette Pinto

posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:20 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 8:20 AM ]
Children are God's gifts to their parents. They are also a gift to their country, because they give joy to all and contribute to the success and development of their country. Children's Day (also known as Bal Diwas) is celebrated every year on November 14, the birthday of the first Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Jawarhalal Nehru.

Our children are our nation's future, and we are aware of how they have joined the bandwagon of Technology. Today, our children are learning how to use cellphones, and receiving their own at younger ages than ever before. A cellphone is a phone which is portable that can make and receive calls over an in-built radio frequency which links the person to the caller while the user is moving within a telephone service area. Since children have grown up in an era where the cellphone has been ingrained in them at such a vulnerable age, they are very susceptible to developing an addiction to their smartphones and/or social media. There are advantages, disadvantages, impact, consequences and concerns about the use of the mobile phones.

It is a common sight to see cellphones in the hands of young children and teenagers. Experts say that teens fancy this device because of its significance to an identity factor. Its usage has re-shaped, reorganised and altered several social facets of life. How do parents perceive the overall usage of mobile phones by their children? Much literature has provided evidence of them being used both for positive purposes and negative reasons. What are the disadvantages and problems superseding positive uses? Are there any solutions, possibilities and avenues to address such problems? These are the basic queries this article will reveal.

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