The High Quarterly

Smartphones - blessing or curse? 02/05/2017

  

Discussion points

• £800 is a small price to pay for the latest technology
• Children who don’t have smartphones may feel isolated or left out
• Social media is the best thing about Internet technology
• Online friendships are not real friendships
• Imagine life without your phone for 1 week
• Smart phones are destroying family life

 

Statistics show that 80% of children in the UK aged 12-15 own a phone. They also show that the majority of children who get a phone receive it at around age 13. Children are used to always having an electronic device to hand, mainly smartphones. Consider the iPhone 7 which was released last September and the upcoming iPhone 8; they are not only becoming more advanced, but they are also becoming more expensive. These phones are giving us access to lots of different social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. But sharing things on social media doesn’t always get the desired response. Cyberbullying remains a growing problem amongst young people and studies show that 7 out of 10 people aged between 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyber-bullying.
 
• Cyberbullying can have a major effect on people’s self-esteem
• It can lead to depression and anxiety
• It can also lead to physical eating disorders where people have been ‘body-shamed’.
• In extreme cases, it can drive people to commit suicide.

If you see someone’s photo and are tempted to post a comment that you think could hurt someone, then ask yourself ‘What is the point?’ You may not even think it could be something that offends them but even if you have slightest feeling it will, don’t do it.

But what about the positives? Social media can let people all over the world connect. Imagine you have a relative or a friend who has to move away and you don’t want to lose contact, you can use social media to talk to each other. Do you have a friend or family member you talk to over social media? You can also use Skype or Facetime to literally talk to them via video.

Social media is a great way to connect with old friends and relatives but make sure you don’t abuse it or other users. If you feel like you may be a victim of cyberbullying then you can contact Childline – 0800 1111.

 


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