STATES CHRONICLE – Many parents think cellphones are a good way to keep in touch with their children, so they choose to give them such devices. However, they often fail to understand that owning a cellphone at such an early age has plenty of disadvantages as well. A recent research has unveiled that children are more likely to become the victims of cyberbullying if they use electronic devices.
Are cellphones good for children?
The study analyzed the impact of cellphone ownership among children from third grade to fifth grade. What researchers found out came to nobody’s surprise, as they revealed these children became easier targets for cyberbullying if they had cellphones.
Researchers focused on 4,584 children who were in the third, fourth, and fifth grade between 2014 and 2016. From all these children, 9.5 percent suffered because of cyberbullying. Younger children were more likely to be victims, but many of the participants admitted they had acted as cyberbullies at least once.
Parents should never forget about the dangers of cyberbullying
Nowadays, it might be important for children to own cellphones, since they can communicate more easily with their parents, and get help whenever they need it. However, parents often forget to take into account the negative effects of cellphones.
These devices allow children to have constant access to social media. This allows them to be in touch with their friends, but some of the interactions might degenerate. Many children might respond a bit aggressively to what their friends and classmates post, subjecting others to bullying. This can seriously affect children, and parents need to be aware of it.
Therefore, researchers advise parents to consider all advantages and disadvantages of giving cellphones to their children at such an early age. If they decide such a device is necessary, then they should educate their children on the proper online behavior, and what to do if they are victims of cyberbullying.
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