Should all kids be able to own and use their own mobile phone?
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Mobile Phone: any wireless telephone that operates over a relatively large area, as a cellular phone or PCS phone.
First of all, let me clear up the debate topic first: Should all kids be able to own and use their own SMARTPHONE, sorry for the confusion.
Why should kids have a smartphone? It's ok if they just have a cell phone that can just call or receive messages. But the problem arises when kids get smartphones. I understand that lots of kids have smartphones, but a lot don't, and they are pleading their parents to get an iPhone due to peer pressure. What's wrong with that? The kid's parents may not have the money to buy (let alone pay for the plan) a smartphone for their child, but they love their child and they will try.
I believe that kids should not be able to own their own smartphone. I will explain my points next round.
A lot of kids aren't mature and responsible enough to handle a phone respectfully. They use them in the wrong places, it is disrespectful and distracts the kids. Despite some school's having strict rules on phones during the school day, kids always find a way to outsmart the teachers. I have personally seen some kids at school use their phones and message DURING class. That distracts the kid from learning.
Continuing on this point, smartphones are an evolution from traditional cell phones. Not a lot of kids use them for their main purpose, to send and receive calls. So many kids use them to check their social media, text message friends in the middle of class, and play games (I'm not against video games, but playing them in class is wrong.)
Phones are also a big financial burden on the parents. Most kids have their parents pay for their phone service (which they barely use,) and that cost a lot. An easy solution would to get pre-paid, but I think the parents would probably not want to pay it all. They have other things to spend money on, more important things (food, water, the house, electricity, the car, etc.)
First off let's talk about money, cellphones cost a lot of money. Yes, it is true that flip phones cost less because they are old, but that's valuable money they are spending, and every 6 months you're buying a NEW phone, every 6 months they spend money for a new phone and some parents need money for other important things.
Secondly, let's talk about how to enforce it. How is law enforcement going to be able to uphold this policy. Parents may just buy their kids the newest iPhone because they don't want to go through the whole ladder process. Also, kids may just buy iPhones with their own money, bypassing the policy.
Kids are also smart enough to get around restrictions. They can purchase apps of the internet, or they may figure out the restriction code.
This policy would be really hard to enforce and it is just unconventional
Acarr130 forfeited this round.
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