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Shane Collins asked 2 months ago

Should Young Children Be Allowed to Own a Smart Phone?

There is a need for smart phone devises I am not going to deny that but I am doubting that young children should own smart phones. There are so many negative things made available to toddlers trough the use of smart phone devise that can potentially harm children and I feel smart phones give children access to things they have no need to be aware about.

A good example of many bad things happening out there was the MoMo incident where a very scary looking being popped up on a children’s YouTube site convincing children to harm themselves or scaring them with the mere sight of the internet being.

Parents are also worried about new apps that have or are being developed that are used by pedophiles that scope out their children as pray.

I feel there is a simple solution. Young children are not to have unsupervised access to a smart phone. I feel that if you want a young child to have a phone rather buy them a phone only for texting and phoning and a game of snakes is just as entertaining to children as the games offered by a smart phone. I also feel children should get their first smart phone when they start appreciating the value of such things and therefor a better understanding of the internet and social media and the potential dangers they pose.

What is your opinion do you think it is wise for children to own smart phones?

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Ahmad Khasan answered 2 months ago

My son is three years old, and he will spend a lot of time watching smartphone if I not control it. Thus, I believe that letting the children own their own smartphone is not a wise decision from us as parent. Furthermore, a research found that children screen-time is highly related to the parent screen-time. It means that we, as a parent, are the one responsible for our child behavior toward smartphone. This is the case if you have a toddler.
 
Regarding your question, you may refer young children as teen (CMIIW), it is still not a wise decision to let them have their own smartphone without our supervision and control. I think parent should control and supervise smartphone use for their children. For example, the parent should limit the number of day in a week where children allowed to use the smartphone. For example, allow the child to use smartphone only on weekend. It will train them to use the smartphone wisely.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

Yes, but, the parents or guidance should have a tracker on the guidance phone to the child’s activity on the phone. This is a computer age you should not deny your child what the environment offered to them freely.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 2 months ago

Since we are in a dot.com era, things have changed so in dramatic fushion. Children should be allowed to use smart phone but under serious supervision. Children can access educational material through smart phone but if not controlled, they can equally access dangerous material.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

They should be allowed to own a smart phone. This is what came in their time, we cannot stop them from using or enjoy the technological advancement of their time. I can only advice parents to monitor what their lad do on the internet.

Ramachandran Suppan replied 2 months ago

I think parents should allow their children with a smartphone but the parents should monitor them . Moreover, during the pandemic season children need a smart phone to do their assignments, keep connected with their friends, to connect with the teacher if they have education problem and more.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

It’s not Wise to let children with the smartphone, but the problem is nowadays we can’t life without smartphone,so living with our children together telling them to not touch a smartphone is a let bit difficult to explain. And also for those who are at school it is important to have smartphone for researches on Google. The best thing is to have a stricter control on them and how they use their smartphone. Their are many applications than can help you to track your children’s activities on their smartphone.

GODWIN replied 2 months ago

Children should have a smart at this present world.It makes learning easier.Also teaching and learning has been much easier through internet, with the help of a smartphone.Alsoi information can easily be acces to make learning easier,

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

Personally I support that children should be given a phone,But, their activity on the phone should be monitored.

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Gareth White answered 2 months ago

The world has certainly oved on since I was a kid and even when y children were under 10. Smart phones and devices are part of society and childrens life. By limiting their access to these devices you are probably disadvantaging them in some for compared to their peers. The key thing is to monitor and control their access to content which they shouldn’t see.

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 2 months ago

Children should be allowed to own smart phones only if they can be supervised when being used especially in class room teaching and at homes when their parents are close to them.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 2 months ago

Yes, am at the opinion that young children should be allowed to own a smart phone. Though, this depends on the age we are talking about.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 2 months ago

With the progress of the science and technology, there is no need to forbid children to use smartphone nowadays, life is designed on that way currently, we just have to put eyes on how they use their smartphone.

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Gareth White answered 1 month ago

Yes the key here is parental control and making sure they only have visibility of content that is suitable for their age. Most problems occur when parents just let their kids look at whatever they want on the phones.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

Again I think it’s not wise to let children own smart phones. Why? Because I have a friend who has left her smart phone for her young son of about 5yrs, but that child doesn’t play with other children, he’s on the phone from morning to evening. I think children should have time to play which also important for their proper growth and development. So parents should limit their children’s phone usage.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

No, because it gives them negative insight to be a sexually corrupt.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 1 month ago

Gareth — I agree with you. The parent plays a critical role in ensuring that their kids only view contents that are suitable for them. Also, the parent should exercise self-control so that they also do not spend too much time on their smartphone. Because parent screen-time positively correlated with their child screen-time.

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Jackson Mugarura answered 1 month ago

True Gareth, a parent’s screen time should be limited too, because it also leaves little room for child monitoring and mentoring.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 1 month ago

Anything excess is wrong. Parents should guide their children well, whether with smart phone or not.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

If it is used for positive things, looking for scientific references or communication with my family, I don’t think it is a problem. However, the use of cell phones in children must be supervised by parents. Because social media crimes can be a threat to him.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

No, it exposed them to many immortality.. Such has sex, & stealing.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 4 weeks ago

To me, I will not allow my kids to use smart phone at their younger age

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Ahmad Khasan answered 4 weeks ago

Hi, Kenneth.
 
In your opinion, at what age your children should own a smartphone?

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