……. Continued from part I
The cell phone ‘s features including texting are very useful for telling others where one is and to report danger or in an emergency. It however should not become a replacement for real life conversations. When people prefer not to see the people they are having a conversation with something is wrong. It is reflective of other deeper relationship problems and should send alarm bells ringing in parents.
Parents embraced the idea of texting as a way to keep the cell phone radiations away from the heads of their children. However, like anything else it must be done in moderation and with the knowledge that it is the same as working on a computer. The same stress to the brain occurs and the same inability to fully understand the full extent of one’s action occurs leading to addiction.
It has the same potential of giving a high that resembles that from alcohol or psychedelic drugs like any other computer, because the same biochemicals are depleted by the stress of the exposure to artificial light involved in texting.
The same dangers of computer vision syndrome and carpel tunnel resembling symptoms that occurs with incessant computer use is present in texting but as always, kids because of the depletion of biochemicals and the underdevelopment of the brain believe they are invincible unable to appreciate or understand the dangers around them.
Parents consequently have to be vigilant. This is something that cannot be left to kids to figure out because they do not have the capacity to control themselves with all the depletions and underdevelopment going on in their brains even if it seems they can. They may say the right things but if their parents do not reinforce those thoughts, they can easily slip off the wagon at the first hint of temptation.
They are at the emotion trumps everything stage of development where reason takes backstage and living up to their peers and fitting in and being cool is king.
Our technological advancement has obviously made parenting more difficult and more time consuming in an age where parents have less time with many working two jobs in a bid to put food on the table. If parents do not put in these efforts however, they stand the danger of waking up to realize they have a huge problem.
Cyber bullying is another issue to consider as texting makes it easier to execute. The many stories that abound of children getting into trouble from texting explicit photos of themselves that are then passed round and used in bullying should give we adults a pause whether you have children or not.
If you do not have kids and think it has nothing to do with you, you are mistaken because unless you plan to die a premature death, these kids will be the ones that have to run the country and the many services we will all depend on to live very soon. If they are all messed up then we will all be in trouble whether you were part of their upbringing or not. We all have a collective duty to sit back and take a good look at today’s teens that will be tomorrow’s leaders.
Even if you think your kid is not affected, they may be more affected than you think from peer interaction. You do not know whom they will have to work for or who will work for them, who they will marry or be friends with as adults. If those people are messed up, your precious one is in danger.
I hope I have made you finally wake up from your comfortable slumber to see things cannot continue the way we have been allowing them to slide if the future is to be bright for us all. The children are our future. If we allow them to mess themselves up, we mess up our future.
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