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should kid own phones with service

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Started: 2/7/2017 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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I think yes in cases of emergencies or someone got hurt or sick or if you got lost or need help and stuff like that but the only thing is they need to prove they are responsible enough.


I will be arguing that children should not be allowed to possess phones with service.

My opponent's first and only point regarded one's safety "in cases of emergencies or someone got hurt or sick or if you got lost or need help and stuff like that." However, one does not need a phone with service to contact the police department, 911. As part of the "Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999," all phones, with or without service, must be capable of calling 911 (S1).

Studies suggest that cellphones are unhealthy for youths. They pose many healthy concerns which may impact them greatly in the future. For example, in a study published by the NRPB in December 2004, scientists found that there were indications that radiation from cellphones may damage DNA. A study from April 2004 shows a correlation between mobile phone use and auditory nerve tumors, and research in 2003 links cellphones to impaired brain function (S2). Scientists have concluded that cellphones may double a child's risk of getting a tumor on a nerve connecting your ear to your brain, damage cell membranes, radically decrease cellular production of energy and disrupt the communication between cells (S3).

Cellphones are also a great deterrent of sleep. In a study of 10,000 16 to 19 year olds, researchers in Norway foudn that the longer a young person spent looking at an electronic screen before going to bed, the worse quality sleep they had. Those who spent more than four hours a day looking at screens had a 49% greater risk of taking longer than an hour to sleep and were 350% more likely to sleep for under five hours a night (S4). Being that sleep is crucial for youths, for physical and psychological development and for energy, many researchers discourage children from using cellphones.


Debate Round No. 1


i agree with you but some kids should have phones!!!!!!!!!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


no they shouldn't!!!!!!!!!@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by kingjlk 1 year ago
I mean by kids in like 3rd grade I have seen kids not responsible for phones with service and they have service on the phone and its the same with 4th grade and 5th grade
Posted by AmericanDeist 1 year ago
Cell phones can call 911 without a service contract. FCC rules require all carriers to push an emergency call through.
Posted by Mharman 1 year ago
To specify, how old do they have to be? What is your definition of kid? Do you mean teenager by 'kid'?
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