Cell Phones, Schools and Safety

Cell Phones At School

Are your younger students heading back to school with cell phones? According to the Center on Media and Child Health website, 54% of 8-12 year olds will have a cell phone within the next 3 years. The rise in cell phone usage among younger children may have a lot to do with parents feeling safer if they are able to contact their children at all times. But cell phones don’t necessarily make children safer in emergencies, and there’s a lot of concern about the possible link between cell phone use and increased cancer risk.

How do you feel about cell phones at school? For more information on this issue, click on the links below.

Links

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/ptech/08/11/cellphones.kids/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25874070/

One thought on “Cell Phones, Schools and Safety

  1. Jon says:

    It’s an excellent point that a cell phone doesn’t necessarliy make children any safer in emergencies. (If your child gets kidnapped, do you honestly think they are going to be able to call for help? If there is a school shooting, or terrorist event, is it going to make them safer?)

    It’s a convenience that has turned into an necessity. There are plenty of ways that having a phone can create more trouble for a kid as well.

    Cell phones do not make a child safer. They make everyone FEEL safer.

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