I saw a link for an article about whether or not a parent was too harsh for putting their child's iphone behind a picture frame because of their bad grades (with the words, "In case of B, break glass" on it). Questioning taking a phone away - a smart phone at that - for for grades (or any reason, for crying out loud) is the blaring neon sign that we, as a society, have supremely failed. After I rolled my eyes so hard it hurt and smacked my forehead and slid it dramatically and forcefully down my own face, I thought about how we are pretty much not going to continue as a society after the next generation. It's pretty much guaranteed. And for so many reasons.
First of all, giving your (especially young) child a smart phone is questionable in the first place. Yeah, I know. It's common. "Everybody" has one. Well, when I don't even have a smart phone, I can tell you that no offspring of mine will be getting one unless they have a job and they are paying for it. Your kid needs a cell phone? (Do you know what "need" means?) How is that even possible? Because he is never around other people who have a phone and can't use theirs? Or do you not trust him to memorize your phone number well enough and need to program it in with a picture of your face so they don't screw up?
A smart phone comes with a free pass to all that is on the internet. Really? You don't care that your 12 year-old son has access to everything on the interwebs? I know I sound like a crazy tyrant, but if my offsprings are going online, I am sitting next to them or within earshot/view of what they're doing. Call me crazy, but I'm not a superfan of having a preteen porn addict in my house, or having potential human traffickers hook up with my kid.
Besides all this, I wouldn't want to subject a small person to the amount of radiation emitted by a smart phone into their brains on their ears, into their boy (or girl) parts by sitting on their lap all the time, or otherwise. CNET has a ranking for the top 20 highest radiating phones - Motorola Droid Maxx is #1 (and Motorola has taken gold, silver, and bronze in this list). Check it out here. I chose my phone from the reverse list and then found it on ebay for about $20. Brain cancer? No thanks, I'm good. Even the National Cancer Institute (out of the NIH) will tell you that it's a horrible idea and that cell phones are great sources of getting yourself a big ol' blob of cancer. In order to reduce the chance that you are going to have a giant brain tumor, the EWG suggests you hold it away from your head, talk on speaker, text instead of talk, don't put it in your pocket or under your pillow, and only use it when the signal is strong. There are physical barrier devices that may be employed to reduce the amount of emf/radiation into your soft tissue, and you may want to check them out if you can't live without your smartphone.
Taking away a luxury item (like a smart phone) is such a pathetic picture of a first world problem that the shame of it reverberates in my brain (kind of like the radiation). Add it to the other problems we have, like "my wallet has so much money in it, it hurts my butt when I sit on it", and "I won a sales campaign at work and was awarded a day of golf with the director, but I already took that day off to play golf" or, "I have to take a crap, but my maid is cleaning the bathroom right now".
So sad. Big elephant tears of suffering.
Get a FREAKIN' GRIP, people! Hello? This is reality calling, wakey wakey, eggs and bakey?
Nah, whatever. It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
Peace, love, and fail harder,