THE MENACING POWER OF CELL-PHONE
Born in 1960, I remembered my school days, where I never saw a telephone until I was sixteen; I heard about tape-recorder when I was eighteen. Radio was the only entertainment and communication device, conveniently fixed in a room. We moved in groups, played in groups, everything was upfront, person-to-person, and intimate.
‘Today not only our teenagers but everyone out there is communicating using their cell phones, and many are so preoccupied to see each other in a person.’
One day, I have to hit hard the brake in overwhelming traffic, when a teenaged girl suddenly stopped tight in the road’s middle shouting into her cell phone, to whom, it’s an easy guess. I couldn’t do anything except crunching my teeth and banging the steering.
‘Today’s teens are more with their phones than with their actual friends.’
For the modern generation raised by television and cell-phone consumption as their daily diet, it is no exaggeration; they have totally skipped their childhood and gained a direct entry into the adult world.
The urgency today is that the parents have to gain better skills to manage these cell-phone smart kids, and of the teens that could access anything on their cell-phone in the privacy of their bedrooms.
Most parents’ aren’t aware of the reality of how their teen’s constant use of cell-phone would affect their brains, their emotions, and their academic scores and their relationships.
Parent’s role, responsibility, the manner of control, management of parental influence will have better results if parents could learn a few facts about the addiction of cell-phone usage among young adults.
‘Cell-phones, unlike any other media, have the power to fill up every minute of your teen’s life.’
The deluge of social media sites, the eagerness to multi-task, like speaking while driving, texting while walking, mid-night twitter messages, a dangerous infatuation for selfies, and exchange of photos on Instagram has become a daily activity to almost anyone who is young enough to press the right keys.
Your child will walk around the cell-phone plastered to his ear. They don’t like being distracted while speaking over a phone. Answering the cell phones takes top priority over parents and family etiquette.
Your child now has a secure, private way of communicating with their friends, people whom they like and don’t like. There is every possibility of a breakdown of family control and communication system.
A few tips to parents:
Children are like sponges they absorb everything that parents do and say. The best way they learn is by example. If children observe the parents speaking or texting while driving, no matter how tough the parent is a child will follow what he observes.
No cell phones in the bedroom at night. They should establish a rule in the house like everyone in the house should charge their cell phones in one common place overnight. Parents hold a lot of power, and they have to use it. Never give up.
Parents have to make sure they monitor their child’s cell phone usage; many Smartphones have parental controls, download such apps to restrict unwanted usage of cell phone applications. Parents have enough power to do it, and do it now.
Parents should check the contacts numbers periodically. They have to know who they are if needed call them and find with whom your child is hanging with. Parents have every right to do this, please do it.
Parents have to be much smarter than their children in understanding about the parental control apps available in Apple iPhone’ or android phones where it is possible to restrict to download of new apps. Learn about them give good training to your kids about cell phone etiquette, and the consequences if they misuse the phone usage.
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