Mobile phones create a lot of issues that make life harder such as bullying, Competition, Discrimination, And purposeful isolation. I do believe that teens should have the ability to communicate with friends, Just through less demanding and intrusive methods such as email or google hangouts as oppose to texting and calling. A more basic cell phone would even be sufficient as it holds no competition with models and no extras such as social media.
Whether I'd agree on this statement or not would greatly depend on what authority would enforce this rule. If it were simply a household rule right along side "love one another" and "no elbows on the dinner table", Or a school-wide policy, Then I'd be just fine with it. I see the need for a rule in those institutions, And I'd have no issue with an amish household, Or a school district with too many covert texters enforcing this. However, If you're thinking a nation-wide ban on cell-phones for minors, Then I'd go to say that it's borderline in justice. To take away a huge part of kids' lives would not only affect the kids themselves, But also the companies trying to market to them.
Teenagers should be allowed to use mobile phones under these circumstances:
Only allowed to use mobile phone before school, During lunch at school, And after school. Unless teacher allows them to do so at any other time.
Only allowed to use mobile phone after finished with homework, And/or chores. Before curfew: which should be no earlier than 21:00 (9pm) and no later than 12:00 (12am. ) It is recommended for teenagers to refrain from screen time one hour before they go to sleep.
In an emergency:
In the event of an emergency: medical, Crime, Etc. Teenagers would have the access to call emergency services on their mobile phones, This can save the lives of him/her and people around him/her.
Teenagers should not be allowed to use mobile phones if they:
- Are cyberbullying another individual
- threatening a business or a person
- accessing and/or possessing pornography content
- using it excessively, By excessively I mean 4+ hours
- doing any illegal activity online
- is too much of distraction from work, School
- using mobile phone while operating motor vehicle
- drug dealing
- disrupting normal operation of a business