It can be seen that there are many positives and negatives to a teenager owning a phone. Most of the time people would say that ‘teens should not be allowed to own mobile phones.’ Reasons against this are that if they are in trouble they can call emergency services or a family member and that the phones could be used for its applications. On the other hand the children that own the phone may become victim to cyber-bullying as well as it is a major problem in any learning environment.
An advantage of having a phone is that if a teenager is ever in any type of trouble they can call an emergency service or a family member. The Daniel Morecombe story is heart wrenching. It is understood that no one can bring him back but his death could have been in a way prevented. Something that could have helped him is that if he had a mobile phone. He could have contacted someone or even dialled the emergency number so that they knew he was in danger. There are numerous advantages of having a mobile phone and the example shown is that if a teenager is ever in trouble they can contact an emergency service or family member.
A major problem with the average day teenager having a mobile phone is that they have the opportunity to cheat in exam conditions as well as they are a major distraction in any learning condition. The idea of having a phone in a test condition is like passing notes but they can and most defiantly will not get caught. Data shows in 2010 that 75% of teenagers have mobile. This is an increasing rate from 45% in 2004. Teens seem to love their technology and their main source of technology is their phone, with the new and improved different types of phones. The main reason that teens are turning to cheating is because the tests are getting harder for the students that are on their phones all the time and to maintain their marks they have to depend on cheating.
A benefit of a teenager owning a phone is that it could be used for its applications. A phone can be used for a lot of its different applications and these applications can help a teenager be on time or school, remember their due dates for assignments and to help them finish homework or class tasks. There are some cases where a parent does not have the immediate money to buy their child a calculator for school so as they may already have a phone they could easily use the calculator on the phone. Most of the time it is a hassle to get a teenager out of bed and if they had a mobile phone they can set their own alarm and wake themselves up, with you having no trouble at all. Some teenagers forget the date when their assignments are due so they could set timers so that they never have to forget. There are numerous applications on a mobile phone that can assist a teenager’s education in many aspects which is a reason that a teenager should have a mobile phone.
A disadvantage of teenagers having a phone is that if they do have a phone they could become a victim of cyber-bullying. There is a great deal of cyber-bullying and the nowadays it is leading to life changing decisions such as suicide. One example of this is a 13 year old girl named Megan Merier. She was bullied by a friend’s mother (on an alias with the name of Josh Evans) on-line in 2006. Megan had no idea that this ‘boy’ was someone she knew. Because of the conversation between Meagan and the ‘boy’ she decided that she would commit suicide. She was found, despite attempts to revive her she was pronounced dead the following day. The cyber-bullying rate is skyrocketing and most of the time it leads to suicide, teenagers with mobile phones are major contributors to cyber-bullying and now it is ending in tragedy after tragedy.
It has been clearly shown that there numerous topics concerning either side of ‘teens should not be allowed to own mobile phones’. Reasons against this are that if they are in trouble they can call emergency services or a family member and that the phones could be used it applications. On the other hand the children that own the phone may become victim to cyber-bullying as well as that it is a major problem in any learning environments. So if you want to buy your teenager a mobile phone make sure you take these very important points into consideration.
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