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Cell Phones

Should you get your school-going child a cell phone? Read on, and contribute your opinion.


Children now have it so easy in some ways, and so much harder in others. Although access to information is now available at your child's fingertips and communication has become so much more efficient thanks to the cellular phones, competition has heated up and a child has to be much more focused and driven to succeed than he needed to be a couple of generations ago.

Another flip side of easy access to communication, is easy access to material you would rather your child didn't have access to - and, the misuse of such material.


Porn

MMS porn clips are all the rage, and recently nude images of actress Prieti Zinta and a porn clip supposedly of Mallika Sherawat are doing the rounds. Many parents feel that they should not give their teenage child a cell-phone that has a camera. The potential for misuse is high, and even if your child is not someone who would take obscene images with his cell camera and forward it to all his friends, he may very easily receive such an MMS from his friends.

Just by denying your child a cell phone with a camera doesn't mean that your child will not be able to view these images. Even if your child cannot receive them on his phone, he will be able to view them on his friend's phones. However, chances are that your child may see these images on a friends phone just from the point of view of fascination, and will soon put them out of his mind. But in his own phone he may be tempted to store them, view them over and over again, and when the opportunity presents itself for him to make his own little porn clip, he may excitedly do so. Total probation and easy access are both undesirable. Try and find a balance by giving your child a bare cell from which he can only make and receive calls. Also, if you are worried that your child will spend a lot of money making calls, you can very easily set a limit by providing your child with a cash card, and letting him know that if the card runs out, you will not be giving him money for a new card until the end of the month.


Responsibility

Not only will this discourage needless usage of the phone, but your child will be tempted to make less outgoing calls and use the phone more for incoming calls. If your child does run out of his cash card in the middle of the month, let him know that he can use his own pocket money to recharge the amount. Alternatively, you can get your child a phone, and tell him that he will need to use his pocket money to pay his phone bills. This will encourage your child to save his money, to budget himself and to account for it wisely and responsibly, from a young age.


Safety

Some parents think that it is totally unnecessary for their children to have cell phones, while other parents would like their children to carry phones because it is easy for parents to trace them. Also, parents worry less now, because if their child is getting late when coming home, he can always call home and let his parents know that he is stuck in a traffic jam or that he needs to stay back for basketball practice. However, earlier parents had no option but to sit at home and worry, or call other parents, trying desperately to find out why their child is late.

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AMISHA.7 years ago
it is not at all advisable to give cell phoes to school goers as some may bring cell with camera and then it is possible they can be mischivious
 
 
 
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some kids r smart enough to delete such smutty messages upon receiving them
 
 
 
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wateva.7 years ago
wtf. this thing is crazy ..i mean why wuld a kid wanna watch porn only frm his cell...theres so many ways of wacthing it...tv, pc,...etc..it makes no sense y a kid shuld not be allowed a camera phone.
 
 
 
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rima.7 years ago
hey wateva, do u know about the dps school controversy where one school kid recorded his girlfriend giving him head, and sent it to all his friends, and within a few days it was all over the school, and then all over delhi. the girl has now left the country. it is so easy for children to mms dirty pics to each other on the cell phone... i'm 20, and my 16 year old cousin has all kinds of video clips on her cell phone. i dont think its a big deal, but dont say it aint happening, coz you're way out of touch then.
 
 
 
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malli.7 years ago
school children should not b given camera mobiles,some mischevious action may pay them a lot as the delhi school kid problem....teens dont know to handle such cases and can land others into trouble
 
 
 
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mother.7 years ago
a cell is an apendage in todays society
 
 
 
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