Just to let you know I’m writing about this because me, a responsible (I actually won a responsibility award at school) 11 years old doesn’t have a phone unlike all of his friends. So I hope this persuades you or your parents to buy your kid a phone!
Phones are great for almost any age. Phone’s can be a great educational tool, communication device, and it can keep children occupied during down time. Most believe that cell phone users are less productive than those who are without. However, how accurate is that in a world that needs mobile access to information and communication? It is important to think about this topic very well before making a decision.
Phones can be used as educational tools. There are many apps to help us with work, access media and many other things. It helps with specialized learning, such as learning a new language (TeenSafe 2015). An example of an application is Google Translate, which helps you to learn a language by typing words in one and translating it to the other. Phones can also help by recording lectures and giving access to instant access from other students and teachers (Ormiston). Personally when I had access to a phone I went on it to help me with Spanish work. As a tool that teaches responsibility with the rules that it comes with, it helps children learn to follow rules, understand limits, and show responsible behaviour (Perle).
Phones are great tools for communication. It can be a source for emergency communication, a source for socializing with friends that are far away, and you can access your email and browser on the go. They provide safety in situations which children can’t contact their parents otherwise (Perle). For example a random stranger offered you something and they tell you to get in their car because “your parents told him/her to pick you up.” You would know something isn’t right and could call your parents or the police in that situation. Phones communication system is vital in a fast paced society like this. The communication factor is also important because it allows communication between the student and the teacher or other students to keep education relevant (Persaud). The reason this falls under communication is that it helps idea exchange out of school hours.
Education is a great tool for occupying kids during free time. They can go on social media sites to know what’s happening in the world, play games, educational games like Khan Academy, and you can talk to friends and family instead of the kids who will start causing trouble. Instead of being idle I would go on my phone and access a news agency site such as The Washington Post to be more productive with my life (Gross 2012). Kids can gain lots of knowledge but can still be entertained using a phone.
All in all, phones are amazing tools for education, communication, and keeping productive during down time. You can have a great time with educational games like Fast Math. You can use the phone for contacting friends that are far away and have the ability to access your email on the go. They not only teach us to be productive but also responsible because having a phone comes with responsibilities such as limited minutes, parent rules, and other things that keep children from misusing technology. Phones are awesome tools for reports as well; you can research, contact a partner and record a presentation. So I urge you to get your son/daughter a phone.
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