Smartphone looks good and every teenager dreams to own it but should you really provide your teen child with a smartphone yet? What if this smart techie device compromises over your child’s safety or introduces unknown troubles? If you have already bought your teenage child a smart phone, it is time to monitor teenage mobile activities before it gets really late.
What Research & Surveys have to Say?
A recent study conducted by Eric Rice, assistant professor at the School of Social Work, University of Southern California suggests that teens with smartphones who have 24×7 access to internet have more chances of being sexually active and even have the risk of indulging in the act of sex with the strangers from the internet.
The survey to study the sexual behaviour of the teenagers that he conducted during the school session year 2010-2011 among the school students in Los Angeles Unified School District brought into light that some 47% of the teens who had a smartphone were sexually active against 35% of those who didn’t have a smartphone.
Sexuality among Teens
Most teens have no idea where their being sexually active may take them up to. They indulge in most unsafe and unhygienic ways that can be dangerous and make them vulnerable to diseases, infections and even life threatening issues.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that in the U.S. alone about 47% of high school students have got involved in sexual acts and about 40% of these teenagers didn’t even try using any kind of protection like condoms which means they are most vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases and infections like HIV, etc. This may even lead to increased number of unwanted pregnancy among the teenage girls.
What Role does Smartphone Plays?
So, where is the fault of the smart phone then? Well, a slight fault is there, these smart phones are no less than mini-computers availing your child with 24×7 internet access and the web is not at all a secure place for children who never miss a chance of trying out something new. With sites offering adult content and pornography, children easily get to access things that are not at all fit for their age which leads to psychological conflicts urging these kids to practically try what they get to know.
Next, they befriend online strangers who can be predators ready to misguide a child online. Some teens are even found to have had sex with their online friends in the real.
How to Safeguard your Smartphone Using Child?
If you haven’t bought a smart phone for your child yet, wait till you have properly educated your child about the evils that they may get to come across when online and how they need to keep themselves safe from them. Asking your child’s school authority to conduct proper sex education that includes tips; for the children to stay safe from the abuse of technology will prove equally helpful. But if you have already bought your teenage child a smart device, install some parental control or monitoring software on it to keep your child safe. This will help you filter out unwanted things as well as restrict unwanted downloads and mobile over-use. And at the same time you’ll know what exactly your child is doing with the help of proper child cellphone monitoring that these software programs provide you.
Reference Site: Teens who use smartphones may engage in more sex