Are The Children Need Cellular Phone?

Cellular phone is not an exclusive things right now. For a long time ago maybe cellular phone was become an expensive thing and very luxurious. But right now we can easily find many type of cellular phone with various shape and various future. As consumers we are like spoiled. We can easily choose different brands of mobile phones. And the brand image never stop attract the consumer with update cellular phone. They produce million cellular phone everyday. The best brand like Nokia, Sonny Ericsson, Samsung. And the famous brand is Blackberry. Many people talking about this brand. And the people in my country fever with the QWERTY phone. So, the cellular phone not used for only communication tools but also as a life style.

Above is an opening of this hub. And now back to topic. The user of mobile phone come from all segments, start from children until elder. Right now children also use this tools for communication too. And I think children will be glad has a new toy. But sometimes we never know the effect for our children later. Especially for busy parent sometimes they do not know the child's development, they give all the child request. Even the expensive stuff. they rarely meet personally, and even communicate only via cellular phone.

But this is fact and we can saw it in real life. Even we can saw it in many places. Like in the mall, restaurant, recreational place, even in the school. Although including primary needs, but the mobile phone has become a basic need and also mandatory owned by anyone. Including children in kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school and senior high school.

The children never think about the effects that will arise in using the cellular phone. The important thing for them is they can make a call, sending short message, even playing games through cellular phone.

Problems that will arise, is really only limited just using the phone? whether will have a significant influence on their mental and behavior later. and then what steps should be taken by parent?

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What can be done by parents

Good intentions of parents to children they love, should be preceded by a preventive action. Don’t just give your child a cellular phone without providing an understanding of the purpose of this communication tool. The main goal is to make it easy to contact them and give the news to them if anything happens to them while the parents were not together. Another effort is to provide mobile phone with limited facilities. While for parents who doesn't giving the cellular phone to their children has reasons, because they don't need it, afraid if their children get the negative information, and avoiding the danger of robberies and mobile phone radiation.

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The influence of cellular phone for children

With small shape and various color attract the children in having cellular phone. It made cellular phone easy to brought in every where. but now the regulations very tight. Not in all places we could use cellular phone, like in church, school, while driving car or in a meeting at the office. With the colorful, cute design and various future make the owner felt self confidence. But this little stuff contain high technology, unconsciously use cellular phone in a long time. It will get negative impact for health, especially for children. 

There is a doctor from Austria, his name is Erick Huber. He warn us about the dangerous of using cellular phone for children. and he want all the cellular phone equipped with information about radiation levels. Many doctor in that country recommend minimum in using cellular phone. 

There are various effect in using cellular phone regularly. It depend on long talks, high and low tones. If the cellular phone using little sound frequency, the child will not experience hearing loss. But when using the cellular phone too long, the effect is not good in hearing for children. Child's hearing will be disturbed. For the early symptoms, the ear will buzzing. It will experience a decrease in high-pitched frequencies. That's mean when they heard high-frequency sounds, then the ears will buzzing immediately. 

The other negative effect is change in attitude, mentality and behavior of children. Because they easy access pornographic content. They share with others using bluetooth or infra red. They easily browse something about pornography. They can easily download adult video. And they watch together with their friend. As a parent maybe we don't consider about this impact. We don't have time to see the contents of their cellular phone. They have reason for privacy and other reason.

We have to open our eyes and be careful with our children. Because our good intentions to provide a communication tools will abused. Providing rich of feature in cellular phone in  psychologically will give other effects such as, overconfidence, arrogant, and tends to consumptive. 

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Tips in giving cellular phone wisely for children

  • Explain to children, with the purpose by giving cellular phone it easier to facilitate the contact between parents and children. And know the existence of the child when outside the home.
  • Explained that the cellular phone is a luxury things, and the price is relatively expensive (for some cellular phone brand with sophisticated features such as BlackBerry, iPhone). children will be expected to maintain and care for with full responsibility.
  • When given a mobile phone doesn't need sophisticated features. enough for making a call or send a short message. no need for infrared or bluetooth that facilitate the exchange of pictures and get adult content. Can also choose mobile phone which type has a button to contact the father, mother and alarm (for dangerous signal).  With resilient design because it coated by rubber.
  • Limit the use of mobile phones because we already know the negative impact on children.
  • Train children to be responsible for all the facilities available. if necessary set the rules. children only allowed to bring mobile phone if left alone or without any oversight. It also at home, mobile phone should be placed in living room so we can access all the content. Tell them that this mobile phone owned by the family and parents have the right to see the incoming short messages. Because a lot of short messages that contain pornography, vulgar language, which is not appropriate for children.

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From some explanation above and the results of research conducted about the dangers and the benefits of cellular phone. Hopefully we can use this technology wisely and to ease our job. Don't reap the negative effects of it, especially for children who we loved.

All the tips above don't necessarily binding on all of us as parents. But make sure the best for our children. We can be a little bit soft and allowances, but it must be accompanied by responsibility. Because we all live in different places, have rules and different traditions. The important thing is give the best and give trust to them, because we can't control them every time. I hope our children will be a good children and always obey the parents......amen

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Excellent hub, and wise advise. Children have everything now, it takes more and more stuff to keep them happy. Sometimes the best thing you can do for them is to say NO.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Darlene for your great comment. I'll keep your input. That's become a dilemma become parents who love their children. But you are right, sometimes we have to say NO.

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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

This was a very good hub. My children aren't old enough for cell phones yet but you've given me some great advice. I probably won't get a cell phone for my children until they're teenagers and if I do I want them to know that it's for emergencies only.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Nancy for stopping by again.

I am glad my hub is useful for you. I hope you have right choice and become wise mother. I think we should give the best for our children. Although, sometimes painful but good for education. Send my warm regard to your children.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

As always a great hub and also very advice. Thank you.

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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

prasetio30 although I believe that cell phones are one of the great inventions, I am still cautious of the dangers (especially to children, I urge everyone to please read my Hub on this subject) so don't let your children use them for any length of time, only in an emergency.

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I think that it can be useful, if the proper restrictions and precautions are taken. great post.

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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Children do not need mobile phones. They are a distraction and an unnecessary expense. Parents can always keep a cheap pay-as-you go phone at home to let their child use on the rare occasions they need it.

There is too much information being gathered that mobile phone use damages children's developing brains and too much phone, tv and computer use shortens children's attention spans.

"Quill" 6 years ago

A must I think not as often as anything, maybe parent are driven by concern...I may off base but I recall when all I needed was stick and a tin can and I was entertained...cell phones, lap tops and all the latest....I stand in question and agree with many and say "No".


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

I think times are changing - when I was little (a long time ago) the phone was something special, even as a teenager, my parents checked who we were speaking to, and we had to put our money into the box if we made a call. Now I talk to my 3 year old grand daughter on skype with video! How old will she be when she gets her first mobile? I don't know, but she doesn't have one yet thank goodness!

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Pete Maida 6 years ago

The only reason to give a child a phone is to communicate with them when you need to and to give them a way to call for help. It is now become a status symbol for both the children and the parents. A child without a phone is now considered unfortunate. A simple prepaid phone with no features would do the job but kids won't be caught dead with one of those. This is a time when a parent must be a parent and not a friend.

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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Good wisdom. Thanks for sharing it.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks for Hello, agvulpes, Carolina muscle, CMHypno, "Quill" , gramarye , Pete Maida and Ken R.Abell for coming again to this hub.

Hello you always accepted here.

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Katrina Ariel 6 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

Great hub. I think cell phones are important tools, yet they need to be used with responsibility and awareness, especially with children.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

For agvulpes, the conclusion the dangerous of using cellular phone was still in doubt. and essentially use it wisely and don't let our children use them for any length of time, only in an emergency. That's acceptable. I appreciate your comment.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

For carolina muscle, the conclusion is how use it wisely. Thanks for supporting this hub.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

I really appreciate your comment CMHypno, that's your rule that children do not need mobile phones. As a parent, we have right to stop the using of mobile phone when it get negative effect. I think you really know about this.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks "quill" you share about you need just stick and a tin can and you were entertained. I am glad to know that. But it look back the function. When we fell we don't need that. We could say "NO", that's your choice.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks "gramarye", my friend from Australia. I agree with you that time are changing. right now and twenty years ago was totally different. I also experienced when using a public phone. I have to insert coin to make a call. But now only one button we can contact other people, including the family member. I think when the time comes, she will need kind of cellular phone. Like you said above that for now, she doesn't have one yet.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

For Pete Maida, the function of cellular phone as a communication tools, you are right that cellular phone become a status symbol. The mean of this is a time when a parent must be a parent, there is approach between parents and children in providing the best solution. And the use of mobile phones should also be discussed between family member.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Ken R. Abell and Katrina. Thanks for support this hub. I agree with you that it need responsibility and awareness in using something like the using of Mobile phone. Thanks for share your thought about this topic.

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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

I tell you my 2 teenage daughters are addicted to text messaging! It drives me crazy! It seems they would run out of things to text....Great Hub & definitely informative...

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JannyC 6 years ago

Great topic. My those kids in the photos look too young to have a cell phone. I have one but its mostly for emergencys and if I need help. Cell phones can be a lifesaver then. I think 13 is a good age to give a kid a cell phone cause they are starting to want to be independent and you want to be able to call them. and them be able to call you if they need help.

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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Very good tips and adivce. I have a few friends that do the Pay-to-go cell phones for emergencies only, so I think a balance needs to be struck.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Excellent hub with good advice for parents. I think it is good to be able to be in touch with your children for safety reasons but at the same time the phone needs to be turned off at night and left somewhere else in the house. My son has a problem with a child who texts all during the night. Children always need guidelines.

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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

Children do not need cell phones! I'm 33 and I don't even have one. Maybe when they are in their teens and out at night, you can get them one so you don't have to worry as much about them.

They shouldn't even be allowed at school. A teacher friend of mine told me that kids were being bullied during class with text messages, the teacher didn't even know what was going on.

This is a great hub with lots of good info.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Michael for your opinion about this hub. It really happen to my student. In some case I teach them, but three of my student didn't pay attention to the lesson. the reason is they busy with sending message. And they more discipline right now.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Janny, I have two cellular phone. One for make a call and send message, not too much feature. And the other one as an internet modem. I agree that mobile phone have an important function as an emergency call. I appreciate your thought that give cell phone for 13 years old kid.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Veronica for share about your friend. Yes it match with the function. We bought something according to their function.That's your friend did. Nice comment.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

For Pamela. thanks for share with us about this topic. Of course, children need guidelines. But with good approach we tell to them about the function. I use my cell phone as alarm clock, so I turned at night. It's for privacy also. Yes children like to contact their friend by sending short message. And they doing that very often. We have to warn about that. Thanks Pamela.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks daisyjae for your kindness give your opinion in this hub. Your story real happen in my class. But they turn off their cell phone when studying now. We shouldn't angry with them, if they understand, they will be happy to obey us. I appreciate your opinion. If you don't have one, it will not affect in your life. Cellular phone only a device. We can buy at any time we want.

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Roffi Grandiosa 6 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

my 6 year old kid loves cellphones.. but i think its not the time for him to have one.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Roffi. I know many children around us have mobile phone, including my student. For reason as communication with their parents it's okay, but for another reason, like for exchange adult content. Its unacceptable.

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

There are just so many pros and cons to cell phones for children. Useful Hub

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Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

Great Hub with excellent advice and forethought. It seems cell phones are now part of standard equipment for very small children and those without phones are considered less than "in the loop." Cell phones as a status symbol (for both children and adults) is becoming more prevalent daily. Best, Sis

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Ethel for giving me a beautiful comment. Yes I agree with you, there is a dilemma when give the children cell phone. We should give the best for them. If we felt disagree better don't give it.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Angela for share your thought about this topic. As a grandmother I think you love your grandson or your granddaughter. I really appreciate your comment. Cell phone is become lifestyle and a status symbol, we can't deny it when people always brought cell phone wherever they go.

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TINA V 6 years ago

This information is very useful to parents. I agree with you. There are really advantages and disadvantages in giving your child a cellphone. Parents should set some limitations when they give it to their kids. They should also consider the age of the child before they make their final decision. Good work!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks TINA for coming to this hub and give comment.

I really appreciate your thought about this topic. You are right limitations is need by the parent to control the children behavior. I know when their age is enough to give this stuff. I think they have big responsibility how to use it better.

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

A worthwhile topic for a hub, I think it is a pity children think they need such things. Children are sometimes bullied by 'friends' using moble phones to send the bullying messages. Also they are made to think they need the same latest exspensive phone as their friends. Thank you.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks 2uesday, for share your thought about this topic. I agree with yo, sometimes when their friend have the latest cellphone,they will ask the parent to buy the new cellphone. As we know the latest cellphone with a lot of future still expensive. And sometimes they not use the function but only for having fun.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Good thoughts Prasetio. Not sure if children should feel grown up so soon. Thanks

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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

prasetio30...GREAT hub and very good subject! I decided to comment on this hub because I just gave my ten year old son a cell phone. I was very clear with him about the fact that he can use it for an "emergency" since he is worried that I may be late sometimes. My kids both get out of school at the same time at different schools and there is a 15 minute drive from one to the other. This seemed to bring some sort of calm for him.

I gave him my old phone and got a new one for me through a cell phone offer and switched our sim cards. I have also restricted any sort of web usage on his phone. So, except for the $10.00 per month to add the phone to our family plan, it did not cost much at all.

The main point is that I have told him the "rules" and he will follow them. He was very happy that he could text me when I'm out on errands or picking up his sister......SO, I feel I have done it the right way and he sees it as a "helpful toy." Nothing "flashy" or expensive and he sees it as a way to reach me. We will see how it all pans out!

Oh husband and I told him that we get e-mails to tell us what he is doing on his phone! He believes us! ha

Best, G

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Micky and GPAGE for giving your time to visit this hub and also give beautiful comment. I really appreciate to both of you.

Thanks Micky, As a teacher and facing children everyday and they growth faster from day by day. not only physically but also their mind. This is different from when I was a child, twenty years ago.

GPAGE, I have to admitted that you are great mother. You still have responsibility to pick up your children. If I am not wrong you have a lot of activity or as a career woman. You are very wise to your children bu giving your old cellphone and your child is not much demand to you. It really good news. I think they are good kid and you success educate them well. I am very impressed and nice to children like them. I think your husband support your way in educated them. I am glad to hear your experience, it was inspiring me much. Thanks a lot.

Please, send my warm greeting to your children and your husband. God bless you!

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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Once again, a top notch Hub! Thank you for your information and advise!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks Cathi Sutton for giving your time to visit this hub. I hope you always give the best to your children. Don't forget to give them support. It always bring positive mind for them.

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kylealton 6 years ago

Another awesome hub and a great idea too. Children's behaviour and how parent's attitudes are changing as phones become more popular.

At around 14/15, I myself was an avid mobile phone user so I can see how it hypnotises children even more, especially phones like the iPhone with so many applications!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks kylealton for coming again and share your thought about this topic. I agree with the other side effect of cellphone. It can hypnotize children with many application, until they forget with the main function of cellphone.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Thank you for are the children need cellular phones really necessary. As a teacher and someone I've grown to know and trust, I value your insights. You have great insights as to our youth. Thank you again for your help guiding us in understanding the need for cellular phones for children.

Peace and Love

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Katie. I am glad you love this hub. I hope this hub become our inspiration for our kids. They need the best guidance about what should they do or what they shouldn't do. As a parent we have big responsibility to their development. But I believe you are a special mom for your two daughters. God bless you. ~prasetio

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Prasetio,

I can tell that you have put much thought into writing this hub and that the best interests of children are always your main concern. I agree with many of the people who have already commented, that sometimes just saying "no" to the latest gadgets is the best thing.

At an older age and when taught to use responsibily, cell phones are great for emergencies or important calls. All too often kids (and adults alike) seem to spend an inordinate amount of time talking on cell phones and often rudely (movie theatres, as an example) or dangerously (when driving...that is being slowly outlawed in places).

There is a time and a place for communications but the ease of cell phones seems to be blurring the lines. All the up votes except funny. Good job!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Peggy W. Thank you very much for coming and share your wonderful comment about this topic. I agree with you. Of course, we need this stuff (for emergencies or important calls). But how to use it wisely is much better, especially for children. My friend, your vote are much appreciated here. Again, thanks for gave your time to visit this hub. Take care and enjoy your day!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

From what I can tell many parents set the worst example for their children regarding mobile phones. Parents are often on their phones all but constantly instead of paying attention to their children when they can finally get together between work and school. I spend a lot of time on the road and parents are who I see driving and texting everyday, not children.

Parents can't seem to live without their cell phones. Can't have a conversation or a meal, can't walk across the street or drive a car without talking or texting on their cell phones! How can children be taught or expected to be responsible in the use of cell phones when adults are so irresponsible?

Voted up! Something for everyone to think about . . .

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Au fait. I do agree with you. For some reason, they don't need this stuff. But I hope the parents always accompany them and give them big support. So, they know about the positive and the negative effect caused by the Cellular Phone. Thank you very much for coming and share good opinion about this topic. Take care!


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