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Cellphones often used for bullying

Friday, May 9, 2014
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Hannah Felske
Hannah Felske

People of all ages have cellphones. They are now a basic part of life. With a cellphone, everyone has instant access to almost anybody. But is that always a good thing? With texting, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media, people are abusing the power of phones. Cyber bullying is a problem in most middle and high schools. Also, phones can be a distraction to children who do not know how to limit themselves. People are beginning to wonder what future problems phones will bring and how we can fix them.

Statistics show that 90 percent of American adults own cellphones and 78 percent of children ages 12 to 17 own cellphones. Today, cellphones are hardly used to make calls. A survey states that only 26 percent of U.S. teenagers use their cellphone to call people during the day. Instead they choose texting, which is faster and easier. Texting is always nice to use, but sometimes calling is the better choice. Teenagers text so much that carrying on a conversation may be hard for them. The social skills of teens with phones may develop differently from those without.

Social media sites on cellphones give us the ability to instantaneously post comments and remarks that many people can see. Teens and children often do damaging things online because they feel like they can say unkind things without getting in trouble. Cellphones have facilitated online bullying as well, otherwise known as cyber bullying. Statistics show that 90 percent of teens experience cyber bullying. It has become one of the most common forms of bullying. Cellphones have become yet another way to bully people. Bullying can happen at home, as well as at school, thanks to cellphones.

Cellphones are a big distraction to anybody who is trying to focus. With their catchy text tones, alerts and ring tones, it is hard not to pick up your cellphone whenever it makes a noise. A survey says that kids that have cellphones tend to do worse in school. The average grade of a child with a cellphone is lower than one without it.

Phones are fun to have. They can help you keep in touch with family and friends, no matter where you are. They keep you occupied when you’re bored, and they are enjoyable, if you’re careful about your actions online, but making a small mistake online can ruin your reputation. Being careful and cautious with phones is really important, especially with the media we have today. Be sure to watch what you say and stay kind when you’re online.

 
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