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TOPIC: Cell Phone Usage: Teens

Cell Phone Usage: Teens 20 Nov 2016 08:38 #10981

  • denise.j
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I recently heard of a story of a mother who gave her fifteen-year-old daughter a cell phone. The daughter had her phone for only a month due to misuse of a cell phone because she would cyber bully other teens. The young girl attacked her mother over her electronic device. The main purpose of her having the privilege of having a cell phone was to use only for a case of an emergency. At this point of a fifteen-year old, cell phone should be restricted with data usage to only be used for phone calls and some text messages. But I also believe that at the age of fifteen, young teens are at a difficult age of finding themselves and having their hormones change. With that being said, with this young girl I believe that since she was not able to control her usage she should be given a break off of having a cell phone so she can focus in her high school years. I know that Verizon has a feature watch where kids can have up to three contacts in their watch and its only made specifically to make calls and nothing else. This watch is good enough for any teenager as they do not need extra usage of internet in their phone. Now and days, some teenagers tend to cyber bully other teens which can lead to more serious situations. I acknowledge that every parent is different in teaching their kids from right and wrong to certain beliefs as a result of every teenager was raised differently. I also notice that privileged teens have the latest iPhone, I’m a 24-year-old and I do not own an iPhone. Having more freedom in an electronic device allows teens to become monsters as now and days teens are more advanced than teens back in 2000s.
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Cell Phone Usage: Teens 21 Nov 2016 13:38 #11024

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Hi Denise,
This makes me think of the idea of how teens want adult things without having to face the adult consequences. Likewise, having a smartphone is a privilege. Without the parents supporting the child, there is no way they can afford the phone bill plus the smartphone. I also find that smartphones these days has restricted our sense of autonomy. I feel that we are way too dependent on google, and therefore, Columbia has released an article in regards to this. news.columbia.edu/content/study-finds-me...fferently-age-google
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