Should children be given cell phones or tablets at a young age?

Should children be given cell phones or tablets at a young age?

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  • Lets go in here! I’m thinking of getting my little sister a phone for Christmas before she goes back to kindergarten after winter break.
  • Hasn’t he heard of the negative effects of recreational technology on young children?
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  •  I don’t think that's a great idea. Some researchers found that when kids use technology, it could cause an increased risk for developmental impediments like expressive speech delays. For every 30 minute increase in handheld screen time, there is a 49 percent increased risk of these delays. 
  • Really? Yikes...
  • Yeah I know! Instagram is under fire for promoting sensitive content, especially regarding body image and cyberbullying, to younger users which has created a negative effect on teen’s mental health. Around a third of girls who were already insecure about their body said apps like Instagram made them feel worse! 
  • That sounds a little unsettling but...
  • I think I could find some way to protect her from using those apps, and Instagram seems to have a bigger effect on teens than little kids. Plus, technology is now used by a lot of teachers and school districts, so she could use it for her work. Video games can also help her with her visual spatial skills which are good for reading maps and doing puzzles. 
  • He still doesn’t understand...
  • While tech may be used more in schools today, those kids wouldn’t be using phones; they would use school approved devices, and kids who don’t have technology and kids in the past didn’t need video games to learn! And although most social media may not be targeted at younger kids, they could still find inappropriate content with just one search!
  • Maybe you’re right...I thought a phone would be helpful, but now it seems just as dangerous as giving her the keys to my car!
  • I’m glad that you’ve now thought about the consequences instead of only the positives of getting the phone. 
  • Yeah, let’s go pick out a different toy for her instead.
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