Smartphones Are Like Crack Cocaine for Kids: They Should Be Banned in Schools! (What Do You Think?) by Mike Prochaska
It makes me sad when everywhere we go there are kids on smartphones and tablets. We went to a party last weekend and all the other kids, except mine, were playing on phones and tablets instead of with each other. Mine were coloring and writing in their journals, as they call them (notebooks), and trying to get the other kids to put down their phones and tablets and play with them.
Did you know that smartphones are as addicting as crack cocaine for kids and teenagers? Did you know that giving children a smartphone is like giving them cocaine, and for that reason I believe schools should ban them. We wouldn’t let kids do crack at school, so I think phones should be banned, too!
When kids play on iPads or phones, the dopamine levels in their brains increase. This affects the frontal cortex of a child's brain pretty much the same way cocaine does. This portion of the brain controls memory, reasoning, problem-solving and impulse control. Children are not born with these skills, but develop them as they grow older, which is why they are more susceptible to digital addiction. (Kids Stop Press)
Rehab clinic expert Mandy Saligari is one of the top addiction experts and warns that, “When you’re giving your kid a tablet or a phone, you’re really giving them a bottle of wine or a gram of coke.” Children as young as 13 are be treated for digital technology – with a third of British children aged 12-15 admitting they do not have a good balance between screen time and other activities.
I think cellphones should be banned at schools. Schools should bring back pay phones. We don’t let kids do drugs at school and we shouldn’t allow them to have smartphones either. What do you think?