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?
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.
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.
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.
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