This research tells that modern mobile phones have become so popular in the recent few years, owing to the reduction in prices of mobile phones and also a drop in calling rates for most mobile phone network service providers. In the beginning, mobile phones were seen as a luxury and could only be afforded by the rich people in the society, but now even a common citizen can own a cell phone. Mobile phones have greatly changed the way people communicate and have become a necessary item. The United Nation estimates that there are about 4.7 billion active users of mobile phones. It’s also estimated that about 70% of children aged between 10 and 14 either own a mobile phone or have access to one for their own use. There is a raging debate over whether children should be allowed to own mobile phones and whether they should carry them to school. Each child, especially in their teens, would want to own a mobile phone. A wide range of issues have been put forward either to support the opinion that children should be allowed to own these communication devices or against it. Given a wide range of functions that mobile phones do perform, most parents have been against the idea of letting their children own one. Some parents fear that children are most likely to uses these devices wrongly, leading to chaos in the family while other parents feel there is need for children to communicate with their friends regarding their school work and also to keep in touch with other members of the family when
they are away. Some of the objections against children owning mobile phones are scientific, claiming that mobile phones are more sensitive devices while the immune system of children, especially below twelve years, is not that much developed to protect against such sensitivity. Such arguments give state that using mobile phones for a long period of time is likely to result in health problems. If children begin using mobile phones at an early age, they are most likely to encounter health complications early on in their life. This essay will seek to give counter-arguments against the topic, by supporting the view that children should be allowed to own mobile phones. With the availability of mobile phones targeting even the children, it’s only right if they are allowed to use them. Mobile phone manufacturers have in the recent years developed simple phones with specific feature meant for children. One such mobile phone is the Firefly Mobile phone from firefly mobile phone manufacturers. The phone has limited functionality to allow children use the devices with great parental control. With such devices in the market, children should be allowed to use them since the society already realizes they need such devices. Children should also be allowed to own mobile phones for safety reasons. This is the most important reason for parents to allow their children to own cell phones. With mobile phones, children can respond to emergencies with a lot of ease by notifying either their parents or the authorities. Children encounter a lot of threats to their safety, including kidnapping, rape, and violence among others. When they are allowed to own mobile phones, they can easily report such incidences to either authorities or their parents.