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20 July 2015

Cell Phones: 'Electronic Heroin' for Kids

Children should not be holding
cell phones to their heads, and
babies should not be using
them at all !!
RE-POSTED:
"Adults who wouldn't dream of buying $50 a month for alcohol to give to their kids are willing to spend that amount or more to provide electronic heroin for them. Maybe it's time for we adults to put on our big boy or big girl pants and raise kids to be nonaddicted, thinking persons by responsibly limiting youngsters' access to mind-numbing, inane electronic pollution."

LETTER: Cell phones: 'Electronic heroin' for kids
by Lon Zimmerman, Sioux City Journal, 8 October 2013

SERGEANT BLUFF | One of the most popular words in our vernacular of human maladies is "addiction." It is used to describe a variety of poor choices made by individuals and is an excuse for being irresponsible enough to become addicted in the first place. The number of addictions is growing at a rate that seems similar to the reproductive cycles of rats.

One can be addicted to drugs, tobacco, sex, gambling, spending, glue-sniffing, aerosol-huffing, not eating, overeating, etc. All addictions have something in common - they are virtually all bad. So why would adults encourage and participate in activities to cause children to become addicts?

Parents are providing children with cell phones who are barely old enough to ride a bicycle. High schoolers are given laptop computers by the schools to augment their personal cell phones. These devices allow virtually unlimited access to Internet sites, some of which are educational, but many more are not. Many high schoolers actually "sleep" with their cell phones under their pillows and spend sleep time answering texts and tweets. It's not unusual for teens to log 3,000 or more texts a month on their smart phones. Some math students are functionally illiterate if one deprives them of their calculator/cell phone.

These devices have become the electronic equivalent of heroin, except they are legal and more readily available than the hard drug. Drinking and driving is a problem and now texting and driving is recognized as a similar hazard.

Adults who wouldn't dream of buying $50 a month for alcohol to give to their kids are willing to spend that amount or more to provide electronic heroin for them. Maybe it's time for we adults to put on our big boy or big girl pants and raise kids to be nonaddicted, thinking persons by responsibly limiting youngsters' access to mind-numbing, inane electronic pollution.

By the way, if you think your teen isn't addicted to his/her cell phone, just threaten to take it away and see how they react. - Lon Zimmerman

http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-cell-phones-electronic-heroin-for-kids/article_fee777d2-8589-57d1-94e9-5986896f1d81.html

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