This House believes that children should be allowed to own and use smart phones.
Debate Rounds (4)
Round 1: ONLY ACCEPTANCE OF DEBATE
Round 2: Arguments and proofs that support each side.
( max : 3 points)
Round 3: ONLY Rebuttals against each party
Round 4: Conclusion summarizing each party's arguments and his/her
It is to be mentioned that I'm quite new to this website and do not frequent this forum to debate. I prefer my opponent to be a newbie too :-) ( preferably but not a must).
Also, to make things clear, my opponent should disagree with the motion and only propose ideas that negate the motion. Besides, I would love to see a short, mature and balanced debate, so please don't get overexcited and type too much! In case if I were the one who went over the borderline, do remind me and you are allowed to put forward ideas as much as I did. Plus, I did set the voting period to the max for, as I mentioned above, I do frequent this website much, giving us debaters time, to allow our caprice to take control and our conviction to develop.
And lastly , I can't wait for my opponent to accept the challenge and start with the debate! Enjoy! May the best be ever in your favor!
I would consider my self well educated, but definitely not Einstein, so you don't need to worry about me. I hope we will have fun in this debate and good luck! ;)
Back to our debate, I'd like to begin our debate with the definition of a child. The word child is ambiguous. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the UK government in 1991, states that a child "means every human being below the age of eighteen years unless, under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier" (Article 1, Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989). Therefore the group of people that should be included in our debate encompasses adolescents and teenagers.
My belief in this matter ( that a child should be owning a smart hone) revolves around the rights of children. Children's rights are defined in numerous ways, including a wide spectrum of civil, cultural, economic, social and political rights. A Canadian organization categorizes children's rights into three categories namely provision, protection and participation. There are many aspects that fall under provision , but the ones that I'd like to highlight are these ; right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, right to freedom of opinion and of expression and right to adequate standard of living.
As stated, children are entitled to the right of freedom of thought, conscience and religion. One way to acquire these qualities especially to flourish one's thinking is through reading. We are what we read! Besides, I believe that in this present time, the easiest and fastest way to gain access to lavish amount of reading materials that enhances the maturity of one's ideas, his philosophies and knowledge is via the Internet. Therefore, if and only if the parents have the financial stability and advantage, it is convenient for their children ( and that includes teenagers ) to own a smart phone for them to discover more about the world and philosophies that great people had to offer. Haven't you notice that more children nowadays speak of great and complicated ideas and issues compared to children of say the 70's and 80's? I believe it is the result of modern day communication technology and globalization that enable the accessibility to an unlimited possibilities. En Toto, smart phones are vital (but not mandatory) for a child's development of critical thinking and ideas.
A smart phone is an amalgamation of many other electronic devices such as a computer, a phone, an MP3, calculator, stopwatch, clock and gaming platform ; just to name a few. That's why, in my opinion rather than having to spend extra for a number of these electronic devices that befit children's social life, why not just give them a single multipurpose gadget? My second point is owning a smart phone can save money. Bear in mind that smart phones aren't just iPhones, Samsung Note 3, 1 Plus and all those fancy expensive brands. Brands like Zen Mobile, Motorola and ZTE do offer budget smart phones at reasonable and affordable prices. Therefore, for economic and financial reasons, children should be allowed to own smart phones, so that they can accommodate to the modern day social life.
Lastly, face it, we are living in a dynamic world where technology is progressing exponentially. The generation of children today isn't the same as the one from decades ago and so there's no point in turning that around. We can't turn back time! Rather than prohibiting children to use smart phones, parents should teach their children to cope with this important technology. My last point is by letting children having their own smart phone, perhaps even explore the mechanics of the gadget, parents are literally nurturing them to grow up to be technology-savvy. I myself as a student of engineering do see the importance in allowing them to own smart phones. Some of my friends did dissemble their electronic devices and even learn a thing or two about computer programming by just spending a lot of their alone time with computers. And honestly now I admit I am at disadvantage and wished I have spent less time with fictional books and more on hand-ons work, so that I would not have been so awkward with technology.
I'm going to begin my round 3 with citations for round 2. Here are the links of website that I referred to;
I'd like to continue my debate with proofs that support my claims. As I did mention in round 2, a smartphone is highly beneficial for children in term of their intellectual development. A proof that undergird such statement is that smartphones feature an added dimension of learning. According to PBS Parents Guide to Children & Media, giving a smartphone to a school-aged children will provide them an additional way of learning, apart from traditional books or classroom. It has been known to us that learning process that involves more stimuli will help one to study better as this method will enhance better memory. There are many educational apps that are downloadable on App Store and Play Store such as Brilliant, Duolingo and Amazing Science Fact that utilize multi stimuli as basics for its educational program. Also, they can gain access to philosophy and literature materials in a faster and more convenient way. Therefore I believe this modern way of learning is better than the traditional method, that only depends on black and white sources, which will lead to better intellectual development in children especially students.
For my second claim, let us do mathematics! I mentioned that "A smart phone is an amalgamation of many other electronic devices such as a computer, a phone, an MP3, calculator, stopwatch, clock and gaming platform ". Let's take the price of an iPad and a Samsung Note 10 for instance to compare with the total price of these electronic devices. An iPad costs $399.00 and a Samsung Note 10 worths R06;$359.99. A computer, an MP3, a calculator, a stopwatch, clock, a gaming platform (let that be a gameboy since there are emulators for it) $579.99.+$40+$30+$20+$32.11+...... which sums up to at least $690.00. I should mention that these numbers are just my estimation and there are a lot more devices that I didn't put into account such as e-Book.Now from a rough look and my estimation, you will agree that buying a smartphone is indeed more economical than having to buy all of these electronic devices.
And for my last point, do I need to provide proofs on how important it is to nurture and let your children to explore technology?
"We"re seeing a fundamental change in the way kids consume media," Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, said in an interview with Mashable. "Kids that can"t even talk will walk up to a TV screen and try to swipe it like an iPad or an iPhone."So, by the time they reach elementary school, children are exposed to a myriad of technologies like smart boards and sophisticated computer programs!
Now it's time for my rebuttal. The 3 points that were put forward by my opponent were;
1. Health and Safety Issues,
2. Distraction from both others and school, and
3. Too much time spent on the phone.
Okay, first health and safety issues. You have to link me a LEGIT scientific report or a summary to it regarding health issues caused by using a smartphone. [Please note: not OVERUSING]. So far, the several ( almost a dozen ) websites, that I did spend some time giving them a thorough reading, only mentioned something like this " EATING CANDIES WILL GIVE YOU DIABETES " or " WALKING IS BAD FOR YOU! " Everything is dangerous if you do something excessively! Now, here are the top 5 popular health issues related to having a smartphone claimed by most of these websites;
4. Texting and Driving
5. Job Stress
I am a very sceptical person and I don't think anyone has ever had a fever or caught a cold from a phone. Germs are everywhere and our body is adopted by having antibodies that can fight off typical bad micro-organisms! Secondly I believe technology promotes creativity! With more painting apps and better camera we can capture an a momentarily art that is almost as good as one that is crafted via conventional devices such as a DSLR or a computer! Next, I think it is pretty common sense not to use a phone while driving as it will distract us. And lastly job stress. I can't relate it to owning a smart phone. If you don't want to have an update about your work, just turn off the mobile data!
I would like to stress again that smart phones are relatively harmless if you have a control over yourself and not overuse it.
Second and third, distractions from others and school as well as too much spent on smartphone. The third point sounds like a redundancy. Too much time spend on the phone leads to distractions from school and cause health problems. For some countries, students are not allowed to bring hand phones especially. Even if they do, I believe with complete self control smart phones are VERY USEFUL in classes especially among teen students! Also at home, when it comes to doing home works, it is important not to get children exhausted. Children also need a break from schoolwork.You can let them play with their gizmos by loading it with a multitude of child-friendly games. You can use it as a method of reward if they"ve accomplished their household chores or if they excelled in class.
I think it worths mentioning that , in my opinion even if smart phones can cause health problems, they would be minor and caused by excessive usage. As I mentioned earlier this in turn can be avoided with good time management and self control. So it is important for parents, in fact it is their responsibility for them, to keep a keen eye on their children's usage of smart phone!
I don't see why we should expose children to this technology. Sure, a 12 year old with an iPhone that brags all the time would be labelled as spoiled, but, but when we were kids, didn't our parents spoiled us in a different way? When we were a kid, wasn't there always the fat kid in the class who were annoying just as much, who bragged about his limited edition collection cards or gameboy or something. They are just kids being juvenile and that is normal! Just because their parents can afford buying their children smart phones , that doesn't make them bad at parenting. I believe in a long term, a smart phone should be beneficial for children.
Before I end my round 3, I'd like to stress that there are more advantages in children having a smart phone than the problems that it can cause t them. With more children getting missing everyday all over the world, it is brilliant to keep a GPS in their pockets so that their parents are always aware of where they are and are readily connected in case of emergency. Therefore, with more benefits on my side I believe that the advantages of owning a smart phone outweigh the bad minor side effects it can cause, qualitatively and quantitatively.
Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitude Report
PBS Parents Guide to Children & Media
I suggest visiting this page for reasons why children should not have smartphones. It was also one of my sources.
To sum up, my three points that have been taken into account of our debate are to promote the intellectual development of children ,parallel to The Children's Right, economic and financial reasons and lastly to assimilate the element of latest technology among children to mould technology-savvy generation.
Now for my opponent, I am well aware of the fragility of children's biology and how they can be obsessed with smart phones. That's why I did mention parents' role in this matter earlier. They should always control the internet and calls usage by their children. Parents should always remind their children of the danger of phones-oriented radiation to them and make sure that at night when they are sleeping their smart phones are placed at a safe distance.
Besides that, if inability to stay focus in class becomes a problem, simple , parents should take away their phones and keep them during school hours return to them after school.
In a nutshell, parents should allow their children to own a smart phone. Bear in mind that everything if used excessively can be dangerous and that applies to this situation. With enough control and support by parents, I believe that children can benefit the best from having this wonderful piece of technology!
That's all from me, thank you for your time! I really appreciate it.
Ps: to con, radiation doesn't "'flow""' in blood vein. It penetrates through your clothes and if powerful enough ( with strong penetrating power) through your skin.
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Vote Placed by aburk903 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's sources are diverse and support multiple points with direct evidence. Con seems to fundamentally misunderstand how radiation works, which Pro points out to sufficiently negate Con's main contention. Con concludes without every empirically justifying his claims and making a statement about parenting that is neither here nor there with a universal policy for children's technology use.
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