Should Kids have Cell Phones

Should Children Under 16 be allowed to Own or to Use Cell Phones?

From the city of Mississauga, a 12 year old, Lisa Bell, hides under the covers of her own bed, pretending to be asleep. There she lays, eyes wide with awe, as she downloads the latest ringtone for her new cell phone. Her mother had only given her the cell phone for safety purposes, but it seems as if there is more than meets the eye, in this young lady’s case. Parents believe that children must have a cell phone with them at all times. By giving these devices, it surprisingly teaches children how to become careful and responsible as they grow older. However, as new research begins to emerge, cell phones turn out to be, none other, than a kid’s worst enemy. Thus, in Canada, children under the age of 16 should not be given a cell phone.

In fact, there are possible long-term health risks from using cell phones. Anyone who uses a cell phone is exposed to radiation, which remains unknown to many users. Children, especially, are most likely to get affected in the future, since their brains are less dense and absorb more radiation than adults. Therefore, if this is true, absorbing more radiation means that kids are more susceptible to brain cancer and other disorders like leukemia or autism. Consequently, if cell phone use isn’t limited, it wouldn’t be surprising if the death rate for adults increased in the upcoming decades. In speaking about how children shouldn’t be given cell phones, a professor in oncology and cancer epidemiology at the University Hospital in Orebo, Sweden, Dr. Lennart Hardell stated: “Kids should definitely not be using cell phones, according to our research,” he said. “We looked into a group who started using these devices before the age of 20 and the study showed a five times greater risk for rare brain cancer.”

Cell phone usage can become too expensive for children and their parents. With more features being available within cell phones for children, money is used up in quick increments and is becoming a large problem. Excessive amounts of text messaging or downloading games/music daily is completely unnecessary, since features like this are also available with computers. It’s much easier and even cheaper than the prices used with cell phones. Why bother have two devices with the exact same features, where one is expensive to use than the other? For instance, Principal, Kevin Truitt, of Mission High School in San Francisco says that many students were blindsided by costs associated with text-messaging and other features, like customized ringtones. “It’s causing family fights; the kids are broke, and a lot are graduating with debt because of cell phones,” he said. “The carriers just seem to be adding new features that cost more and more and more. The students are not reading the fine print. No one, understands the contract until they get the first bill and it’s $800.”

Given these facts, cell phones serve no purpose to our youth, at all, since using one increases health risks for children and can become way too expensive. Of course, as cell phones continue to be sold, newer models will be released, and it appears there’s nothing society can do to stop it. They will still emit radiation, still be costly, and yet, many parents still want to give them to their children? Is wasting money on something that can risk a child’s life, really what parents want to do? If they had something called responsibility’, this discussion wouldn’t be taking place in the first place.