Developments in mobile technology have been rapid in recent years. Mobile phones can now do much more than make calls and send text messages. The latest generation of phones – known as smartphones – harness the power of a myriad of technologies: still and video cameras, audio and video players, handheld gaming devices, and the ability to access the internet, commercial services and a whole host of other applications, all in the palm of your hand.
Many parents want their children to have cell phones because they want to be able to reach their children at any time. It also gives parents peace of mind to know that their children can call them or the police in case of an emergency. However, other parents worry that the risks of having a cell phone outweigh the benefits. There are certainly risks to having a cell phone, but with education and the proper tools, your child can have the security of a cell phone with few of the dangers.
With the benefit of new wireless technology comes a potential danger: the growing use of wireless devices by children affords them the opportunity to access content that parents or caregivers may not want them to see, and to view that content away from adult supervision.
But as with all good things, there are also risks - and when it comes to technology, that risk is an increase in the number of children being abused as well as more children acting out violently. The ease with which abuse can now take place is startling to those who work in the world of child safety. Predators are mistakenly welcomed into our homes through our children’s use of games and the Internet. Children are also crossing boundaries on their own, participating in behavior like videotaping themselves bullying another child and then uploading it on YouTube. The filter of right and wrong or appropriate vs. inappropriate seems to be gone for many of our youth - our future leaders of tomorrow.