Technology and Children

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Technology plays a significant role in all aspects of American life today, a role that will continue to increase in the future. As technology becomes more advanced and easier to use, children will utilize it more and more. While there are tons of amazing benefits that technology brings, there are also a lot of drawbacks that should be considered when introducing children into our world of technology. Parents need to be extremely careful with limiting their children's exposure to cell phones, television, and computers to ensure their safety and health.

As the years go by, cell phones are getting more and more popular with younger generations. When my parents were growing up, they didn't have the luxury of cell phones because technology wasn't as advanced as it is today. As the years go by, cell phones are getting more and more popular with younger generations. Over half of American teens now own cellular phones, making them the cell phone market's fastest growing demographic.

Cell phone companies are widely marketing their advertising strategies to Generation Y with colorful interchangeable covers, fun musical rings, and cameras. They have become as much of a fashion accessory and social symbol as they are a communications tool. Cell phones became prevalent among my friends during our sophomore year of high school, but now, only four years later, children are getting cell phones at an even younger age. My aunt recently told me that she bought my twelve year old cousin a cell phone for her birthday. I looked at her with astonishment, and seeing that I was shocked, she explained to me that a lot of kids in her seventh grade class owned one. This completely amazed me, but there are a lot of reasons why they are becoming so popular. It is a...