10 Reasons Why Cell Phones Should Be Banned From Children

By Cris Rowan| Huff Post

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone'in Fact Sheet for referenced research.

1. Rapid brain growth
Between 0 and 2 years, infant's brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010).

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2. Delayed Development
Technology use restricts movement, which can result in delayed development. One in three children now enter school developmentally delayed, negatively impacting literacy and academic achievement (HELP EDI Maps 2013). Movement enhances attention and learning ability (Ratey 2008). Use of technology under the age of 12 years is detrimental to child development and learning (Rowan 2010).

3. Epidemic Obesity
TV and video game use correlates with increased obesity (Tremblay 2005). Children who are allowed a device in their bedrooms have 30% increased incidence of obesity (Feng 2011). One in four Canadian, and one in three U.S. children are obese (Tremblay 2011). 30% of children with obesity will develop diabetes, and obese individuals are at higher risk for early stroke and heart attack, gravely shortening life expectancy (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2010). Largely due to obesity, 21st century children may be the first generation many of whom will not outlive their parents (Professor Andrew Prentice, BBC News 2002).

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4. Sleep Deprivation
60% of parents do not supervise their child's technology usage, and 75% of children are allowed technology in their bedrooms (Kaiser Foundation 2010). 75% of children aged 9 and 10 years are sleep deprived to the extent that their grades are detrimentally impacted (Boston College 2012).

5. Mental Illness
Technology overuse is implicated as a causal factor in rising rates of child depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, autism, bipolar disorder, psychosis and problematic child behavior (Bristol University 2010, Mentzoni 2011, Shin 2011, Liberatore 2011, Robinson 2008). One in six Canadian children have a diagnosed mental illness, many of whom are on dangerous psychotropic medication (Waddell 2007).

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  1. 10207435625314024@facebook.com' Sandi Ferguson says:

    My child walking home from school alone without a phone? I don’t think so. At a friends house without easy access to me? Nope. Safety first.

  2. 10204934941365137@facebook.com' Otis N. Pete Wilton says:

    How bout people except some personal responsibility and quit trying to fucking BAN everything?

  3. 10206568679670250@facebook.com' Barbra Race Krueger says:

    My boys both got their first cell phone in high school. They were one of 10 out of about 300 in middle school. They turned out just fine!

  4. 1040936259272404@facebook.com' Nohra Ashur says:

    Can I share

  5. 10153472507028323@facebook.com' Vanessa Inman says:

    Mine srent getting one until around 16

  6. 10154357644718032@facebook.com' Amanda Jay says:

    Why anyone is ok with a child having a live device next to their brain that contains harmful toxins is beyond me!. The long term effects have yet to be proven alot more, and if anyone thinks that’s nothing to worry about then carry on frying their brains!. Oh but then a child without a mobile phone!!!!! Oh dear, one cannot have that! The fat cats of the mobile phone industry make sure their own kids don’t have mobiles…..oh why is that I wonder!

  7. 10207435625314024@facebook.com' Sandi Ferguson says:

    I don’t have a landline. So when my kid was home alone, she needed a phone.

  8. 1501017143552052@facebook.com' Vanessa Novak says:

    We all grew up without cell phones and made it through just fine!

  9. 1088400057851538@facebook.com' Xtine Joy says:

    Charie Laguras Cecil Søgaard Chona Laguras Gardose basaha ninjo nah!!!

  10. 10204998919631949@facebook.com' Delis Alms says:

    Did they ever think that 1. ADD/ADHD has been around for a long time, down many generations because it is genetic and that since it was made known that it has become easier to identify? 2. Possibly ADD/ADHD is over diagnosed or misdiagnosed in some?

  11. 851408844957965@facebook.com' Елка Честеменова says:


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