Ban cell phones for people under 16
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P: A person under 16 or child should know their parents contact information without having to get it from a cell phone, because if the phone has a dead battery or is defective in any way then it is useless in an emergency.
P: Parents should build trust with their children instead of using cell phones to track them. Also parents teach their children how to become a responsible person.
P: Sexting is against the law and can result in child pornography charges for the sender or senders even if they are minors. According to nsopr.gov sending or posting nude photos or videos starts at a young age and becomes more frequent as teens become young adults. And that 51% of teen girls say pressure from a guy is a reason girls send sexy images or messages, only 18% of teen boys said pressure from a girl was a reason.
P: Text bullying can happen 24 hours a day, even at home, which is usually a refuge from bullying, so it can feel inescapable. This has become a serious problem among adolescents and teens. It can have devastating consequences, and parents may not even know it's occurring. Text bullies are often much meaner because they don't have to see their victims. The victims may not know who is sending the messages, which can be frightening. Victims often respond by sending mean messages back to the bully, becoming bullies themselves.
C: Cell phones make children less safe, because they are less aware of their environment. Children under 16 should not have cell phones.
Parents should be building relationships with their children and not relying on cell phones to keep tabs on them. There are many instances where a cell phone is useless, dead battery, poor signal or turned off any of these instances would add to a parents worries about their child.
Victims of cyber bullying are the targets of lies or vicious gossip or are victims of impersonation. Most parents of victims have no idea it's happening. Victims often don't want to tell their parents about it; they may be embarrassed or, they may not fully realize that they are being bullied. They know that what is happening makes them feel bad but may not connect with the fact that it is wrong and something that they should tell someone about.
Cyber bullying can lead to suicide. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 4,400 children a year commit suicide and for every child who dies there are 100 suicide attempts. Cyber bullying has been linked to suicide, whether the child is the bully or the one being bullied. Children under 16 should not have cell phones but should supervised by adults.
Parents can confiscate their child's phone every day/night to see what their child is talking about and what pictures he/she is taking. Bullying can occur even without a cellphone, a child is responsible for telling a parent/guardian what is happening before it can get worse. There is always signs a child will show to prove he/she is a target for bulling. For example, "Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school. Unexplainable injuries. Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem. Etc" http://www.stopbullying.gov... These are ways any person should indicate their child is being harassed. Every parent wants for know where their child is and what they're doing. Looking up information for class is beneficial. Having a map to help you locate places. Responsibility is one way to show a parent their child is capable of having a phone and maintaining good grades or not loosing it. Cellphones should be allowed for children under 16.
Parents often cite safety as a major reason for wanting to give their child a cell phone. They believe that the ability to easily reach their kid and vice versa means it is somehow safer. But I think the result is exactly the opposite. Giving a child a cell phone creates a false sense of security and that can cause parents to be less diligent about the details of their child's life. And while it's true that a cell phone makes it easy for you to reach your child anytime, anyplace, it also makes it easy for everyone else to reach your child, anytime, anyplace. And this easy access and exposure can dramatically reduce your child's safety.
Behind the concern over children's safety lies an important question: Where is your kid going that is so dangerous? If your child's daily life involves situations like school and extracurricular activities, there are probably plenty of phones around at any given moment. When your kid is at school, there is a phone in the school office and chances are there's one in every classroom they sets foot in, on top of all that there are cell phones in every teacher's pocket or purse.
When it comes to extracurricular activity, if the activity is in a building, like a dance studio or a gym, that facility surely has a phone. Even if the activity takes place outside like on a sports field, I am sure that the coach and all of the other parents have cell phones.
Rather than giving your child a cell phone, do something that will really make a difference in terms of her safety and quality of life. Make an effort to get to know the teachers, coaches and other parents well enough to exchange contact info and even cell phone numbers with them.
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