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sarmad5
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Anakin_Guystalker
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Should children carry thier own mobile phones.

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Started: 5/20/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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sarmad5

Con

I shall start my debate with two reasons:

1.They alter the parent-child relationship:
Even while smartphones can be convenient, they alter the bonding that is supposed to exist between a parent and child. The connectivity attached with smartphone use cannot be the same as the genuine connection which the parent and child are meant to have. Children are still passing through a period of growth, and you need to establish your relationship with them. With smartphones, you have speed and instant answers available; yet this could lead to your kids making bad choices in the long run.

2. It limits their creative minds:
With easy access through a smartphone to a majority of their play, kids now have a platform to be bombarded with various exciting games. These games limit their creativity and imaginations and slow their motor and optical sensory development.

I await my oponnent's argument.
Anakin_Guystalker

Pro

1. How so does smart phone use limit the bond between parents and children? Are you referring to children only using texting to talk to their parents? Are you talking about children always being on their phones? Regardless, the fault lies not only with the child, but the parent. It is the parent's responsibility to make sure their children use their things properly. To the parent in question, the correct thing to do would be to limit daily cell phone time and MAKE SURE children are spending time with family. As for "lead(ing) your kids making bad choices in the long run", you might want to be more clear. Are you stating that this access to more information CAUSES children to make bad choices? Not true. Parents don't always know the answer, and their is always someone out there who does. If you mean finding inappropriate content on the internet leads to corrupting children, enforce some discipline. Monitor their web activity. Better yet, use parental controls.
2. I am not sure how exactly you came to this conclusion. How in any sense do video games reduce your creativity? I ask you to watch a child play a mobile game. How does video games- hell, ANYTHING reduce how creative you are? Video games are wonderful brain exercises for people of all ages. Puzzle games like candy crush use similar brain exercises as chess, boosting problem solving and math skills. Cooking games, while seeming childish and mindless, are actually really good at teaching children micromanagement, a very, very important skill. Team based games like clash of clans teach children how to work with others.

Most importantly, reflex based games like Fruit Ninja are excellent games for young minds. Contrary to what you said, games like these strengthen your fine motor skills as well as drawing. It, like many other mobile games, will create powerful hand-eye coordination skills which is especially good for young minds. Also contrary to what you said, video games have LOTS of benefits for eyesight, and almost never actually harm your eyes unless you don't know proper screen posture (which is hardly to the fault of phone games). Games can improve visual attention, visual reaction, and visual ground discrimination. Finally, video games give you a skill that naturally DECREASES with age. Contrast sensitivity, or the ability to see differentiating colors better. It is essential for things like reading and driving.

All in all, a lot of the problems you describe are either the parents fault, horribly misinformed, or just jumping to conclusions. If you are referring to your child, you are not allowing essential skills to sharpen in his/her young, flexible mind.
Debate Round No. 1
sarmad5

Con

Pro has made strong points, I shall now give you multiple reasons against the topic:
Cheating with cell phones has become a huge issue in many schools. Students can text answers under their desks during tests. Since many phones are now Internet compatible, children can sometimes even use a search engine on their phone to find answers to test questions. If the child is caught cheating they can face serious consequences from the school.
Cell phones are not cheap. If a child goes over the limitations on a plan, the cost can increase rapidly. Prepaid phones can limit overall payments, but the cost per minute may end up being more expensive depending on amount of usage.
Cell phones can be very distracting from more important events in a child"s life such as studying, doing homework, or even crossing the street. Studies have shown that children are more likely to be hit by a car if they are talking or texting on a cell phone while crossing the street. Since cell phones can connect children to their friends and the Internet, they can take away from study or homework time.
Older children who can drive may be tempted to call or text while driving which can severely increase their risk of a car accident.
Sexting, sending sexual messages or pictures to another person"s cell phone, is also an issue for parents to consider before purchasing a cell phone for their child. If a child does not have any blocked numbers on their device they can receive message which may include sexual explicit messages from anyone who has their number and chooses to send them the message or picture.
Children can also receive calls from anyone who has their number unless there are specific blocks on their phone. Parents have no way of knowing who is saying what to their child.
They can also cause disruption in School as Children often use their cell phones during class time to send or receive text messages or to play games, causing both distraction and disruption. Cell phones can be used as an aid for cheating on test and exams, by students sending one another test answers via text message. Cameras on cell phones can be used to take inappropriate pictures of other students discreetly, which can then be distributed or shared online.
there are also many hidden dangers as Many cells phones offer Internet access, giving your child an opportunity visit websites and use social media that you may not normally allow your child to access. This gives her the independence and opportunity to communicate with people from all walks of life, including sexual predators. Your child may be more prone to bullying. Bullies are using text messages and social media as a method of victimization, and malicious gossip is also often spread via social media, as well.
Here is another fact for you:
Thirty-four percent of Niche high school and college students report having been through 5 or more cell phones in their lifetime, which means cell phones are being used at a very young age.
so... continuing:
studies show, as children and teenagers grow, cell phone use can negatively affect them, whether it"s developing "text neck" or even cancer. According to Swedish oncologist Lennard Hardell, children and teenagers are five times more likely to come down with a particular brain cancer called glioma if they use cell phones before the age of 20.
Finally, besides the emotional and physical consequences, giving a cell phone to a child or teenager may also foster a dependence on technology that can be unhealthy and even get them in trouble in class, since many phones in school are prohibited.
I await pro's argument.
Anakin_Guystalker

Pro

Anakin_Guystalker forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
sarmad5

Con

As pro has forfeited the last round, I will not argue.
Anakin_Guystalker

Pro

I thank you for waiting for me and I apologize for forgetting about this debate.

A lot of the issues you listed are the result of the parent's lack of discipline. Cheating with a cellphone, or anything, is something that should be prevented by teachers. If a parent is concerned with their child cheating, the parent could simply alert the school to take extra measures. Any legal school should take responsibility for this kind of thing. If the child gets in trouble, that is the fault of the individual child, and all the other phone owning, rule abiding children should not suffer because of a few that don't listen.
Parents can directly prevent children from exceeding the plan by using parental controls.
As for cell phones distracting children, it is once again the parent's duty to make sure their children is on task.
As for children getting hit by cars while using their phones, those children should be more careful. If your child misuses the phone, they need to be told otherwise or suffer punishments. And if children text while drive, you can worry less about them getting into an accident and more about them getting in legal trouble.
Also, so what if the child receives an explicit message? Children are subjected to this risk every time they talk to ANYONE. Taking away phones will do nothing overall. Besides, your child is not ready for a phone if they can't handle an offensive message properly and maturely: by reporting the sender and going on with living their lives.
As for social media, the child needs to learn the rules of digital etiquette before ever TOUCHING the internet. They need to learn to handle offensive people like sexual predators. And if they are ever taught not to give away personal information, sexual predators are an empty threat.
As for glioma and the 34% statistic, you are going to need to show evidence. You need to present the original source via url link, otherwise your evidence is not trustworthy.
Debate Round No. 3
sarmad5

Con

sarmad5 forfeited this round.
Anakin_Guystalker

Pro

Anakin_Guystalker forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
sarmad5

Con

sarmad5 forfeited this round.
Anakin_Guystalker

Pro

Anakin_Guystalker forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by fixedwounds 9 months ago
fixedwounds
Obviously on the Con's side! but this seems like a strong debate! Good luck guys
Posted by David_Debates 9 months ago
David_Debates
This looks like a good debate! Interested in how it turns out.
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