A problem which is often discussed today is if mobile phones are really suitable for children. Giving children a phone is a very difficult matter that parents have to deal with. But is this good at all? It is said that letting a baby play on an Ipad might lead to speech delays. Actually it could be a big problem if babies spend more than thirty minutes a day in front of screens. What should parents do?
Firstly, parents have to know if their children are ready to have a phone, that is to say, if children are mature or not. Besides, they have to teach them about things such as bullying, the permanence of what they post and stranger danger online. Another piece of advice is not to punish them by taking the phone away. It’s because that might make teens less likely to open up about a problem they are dealing with online.
Secondly, it is a well-known fact that no parents want their children to eat junk food all the time, so they shouldn’t do the same with their online time. Teenagers’ screentime has become an emotive issue. If they see that someone has something new, they immediately want it too; but sometimes they can’t get it. This causes them such a discomfort. Additionally, they always want to show others what they have or what they are doing every time.
In conclusion, if I was mother I wouldn’t give my children a mobile phone till they were mature enough. I prefer that children live their childhood freely. What’s more, I would give them a book as a Christmas present instead of any electronic devices. Despite, I think that mobiles are extremely important in our real life since we are able to do nothing without them. Moreover, if I didn’t use my computer, I couldn’t do my English homework or have a look at my History notes.