Cellphones and Youth in Serbia
Apr01

Cellphones and Youth in Serbia

More than seven billion people on the planet have a mobile phone. According to the UN, we can say that only 4.5 billion people own bathroom. In addition, more people own a phone than access to tap water. From these facts, we see what mobile phones present to the world. We were interested in how young people use mobile phones, whether they are used during the school day, how long you stay on the Internet and is the Internet that is used for scientific purposes or entertainment. We surveyed 232 students in three schools. An average age of students was 13 to 18 years.

From interviews with teachers and school principals, we learned that teachers and professors have a big problem with students because of the mass use of mobile phones during the school day. Photographing, texting, playing games, visiting social network and many other things are becoming more and more popular.

If a teacher caught a student with a mobile phone, he could take it away and return it at the end of the lecture. In some schools, there are the Rules on Disciplinary and Material Responsibility where is strictly defined that using cellphones is against the rules and that it should be punished… If a student uses the phone during the test, it will be initiated against his disciplinary proceedings, the penalty can be very serious because this act is considered as a serious crime. The student’s phone will be confiscated and the parent must come to pick the phone.

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About the harmful effects of mobile phones and several hours sitting next to the computer, we talked with a psychologist at the Counseling Center for Youth and we found out a lot of useful information.

This all creates a new kind of addiction. Due to a fact that everything is reachable to your children create a new type of addiction. The problem is that everything is very close and reachable to our children.

Nowadays, we have a dependence on the Internet and not only related to computers, but for mobile phones too. If, in some case, children are not in front of the computer, they are holding their mobile phones in their hands. As consequences, we get another type of children’s brain, we concluded that all these forms of new technology speed up the brain, which is why today’s children do not like so much to read. Their brains are in front of the computer full of energy and when you sit in front of the book, the book makes you passive and slow.

How social networks influence the communication between young people?

“Communication of young people is reduced to SMS communication, which means that the verbalization of their situation is very poor. On the other hand, they communicate more than they used to. All of them communicate through new technologies almost all the time. They are in touch all the time via Viber , Facebook and other types of social networks. Basically, they are much related to friends via Facebook than with real friends in the real world.”

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When Is The Best Time To Buy a Cellphone To Your Children?
Apr01

When Is The Best Time To Buy a Cellphone To Your Children?

When we were kids, we were dying to have our first mobile phone.  I remember that I was trying to convince my father that it would be safer that he buys me a mobile phone so I could call him all the time in any time. The real fact is that there wasn’t any need for that. To be honest I wanted it just for play. I just wanted to be like other children. They bought me one eventually but I didn’t use it at all because I didn’t have a habit.

The other day I was sitting on the bus and next to me was a dad and a little girl that was no more than 7-8 years old … she said to him, “When are you going to buy me a new phone?” Her dad answered: “As soon as I receive a salary or something like that … And she said, “But only one with a camera, and a good one, I want to make real pictures.” The point of this story is not that I spy people on the buses: I simply overheard this; the point is that this is not normal. It is natural that children ask for all kind of things – even more natural is that they are interested in  them and cannot wait to get ‘equipment “new modern toys, but parents are the ones who will tell them when. Their first phone mustn’t be too much expensive.

In my opinion the best choice is Alcatel One Touch 20.01. It isn’t the perfect one but it is still the best options on the market. Due to the fact that there aren’t so many mobiles made for kids nowadays we can admit that it is difficult to find one. Most of the phones are not just phones; they are always more than that. They became personal computers that we use basically for all.

Some of parents are against and others are for buying them these expensive toys.

I was skeptical at the beginning, about these mobile phones in children’s pockets, but bearing in mind that we can contact our child always affect me to make up my mind. If we think that we are more than half a day separated from our child, and that our children after coming home from school are alone at home or somewhere else and busy some kind of an activity, it is good to be able to get in touch with them and call them and see if everything is ok with them and in the right order. This way we can protect them and stop any kind of bulling. Many times it happens that among children there is violence, theft and harassment, particularly of the older offenders.

In this case buying a cellphone to our children sounds very reasonable. Just make sure that you buy him a cellphone – not smartphone. You don’t want to put it in some kind of cyber danger.

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