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Mobile Phones Good or Bad for Teenagers?

Published on 5/28/2012
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This is a question which nags literally every parent today. The steep advancement in communications technology has improved our lifestyle without any doubt, however, there is a hefty price tag to it. Mobile phones is what I am referring to, today, a mobile phone is the worst enemy as far as parents are concerned as they are the source of captivating the attention of every teenager. With internet now easily accessible by the mobile, only adds to the misery. Every teenager is eager to possess a mobile phone which gives them a sense of freedom and as the instrument is compact it makes it practically impossible to monitor the things they do on the phone. Testing or Messaging is a feature they are constantly accessing, they can be talking to you but their fingers and mind work in tandem sending messages. Most of their messages look cryptic because they have slaughtered the English language by using shorthand type of words which in reality transmits to their conversations too, so much so, their control of the language is pretty poor either when they speak or write. They are glued to their instruments losing out on valuable time. All spare time is spent on the mobile listening to music, texting, browsing etc. No time is spared for reading books or indulging in an intellectual conversation with someone. MMS & photos are dangerous applications in the hands of teenagers and on most occasions we are totally unaware of what is being photographed and transmitted. They have access to information on the phone which cannot be controlled by parents and once they are aware of this freedom then their fragile minds are vulnerable to indecent exposure. These days’ most mobile operators are offering a wide range of apps which can be downloaded, in some of these apps pictures and other information can be hidden and are password protected. Another Pandora’s Box I can only presume. The mobile is also the channel through which they meet and communicate with the opposite sex, again something which happens without parental control. When the mobile phones were introduced many parents heaved a sigh of relief as they felt it was a sure method of keeping a tag on their children’s movements. However this is only possible if an efficient GPS is installed because we have seen children blatantly lying to their parents about their whereabouts. Lastly almost all parents are not as skilled as their teenage children when it comes to handling mobile phones. Therefore detecting and checking their phones is a wasted exercise as all traces of recent operations are deleted so as to avoid any kind of strictures which could be imposed. We as parents cannot deprive our children of mobile phones but can be a little more alert in parental supervision. I watch my 16 year old daughter carefully, have not allowed her to have internet access on the phone but allowed it in our home computer which is much easier to monitor. I match her skills in mobile operations and regularly check her phone like a hawk. I have imposed restrictions on usage during the night and school days. Well this is the best I can do, in addition my wife and I do regularly advice her about the evils hovering around every young vulnerable teenager. Phone manufacturers should do R&D and come out with various parental control measures by means of which we are aware of their phone activities, if not then it’s just a ticking bomb in their hands.
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