Dear development of science and technology, smartphones have become

Dear Harriet,                                How are you? It has definitely been such a very long time, since I wrote an email to you. Well, the reason why i’m writing to you is to strongly convince you to ban your daughter from using her smartphone in order to help put an end to her smartphone addiction. I heard that she spends almost five hours straight every day on her phone, am I right? With the blooming development of science and technology, smartphones have become an indispensable part of life. Nowadays smartphones are increasingly becoming more and more popular and many children are provided with smartphones since early ages in order to, according to some parents, keep in contact with their parents when they are outside of their house. Even though smartphones are a must-have accessory among children, it also comes with many drawbacks as well. A smartphone is a commodity that needs to be handled with great care and responsibility. From my perspective, I think that the only valid argument for children having smartphones is to provide safety for them. For example, in the event of an emergency, having a cell phone allows the child to contact the police, fire department or ambulance service immediately. Parents can also contact their child if there is a family emergency. Smartphones can be used to determine the whereabouts of their child, since many smartphones are now equipped with GPS and safety apps, which will allow you to track your child’s phone and, hence, your child if needed. However, owning a smartphone does not necessarily keep children safe, but can instead put them into dangerous situations. Children carrying an expensive, fashionable device can make them a target for criminals. Millions of people are robbed of cell phones every year, while some of the cases are involved with violence. Since children nowadays have grown up in an era where smartphone use has been ingrained in them at such a vulnerable age, they are very susceptible to developing an addiction to their smartphones. Many children nowadays spend so much time talking on the phone, texting with friends or playing games, and thus are not aware of what is going on around them. This can also cause car accidents, because their attention was on their phone activities but not the traffic while crossing the street. Youngsters are so preoccupied with their smartphones that they are risking their lives when they cross the street. Moreover, even mounting evidence have shown that smartphones can cause disrupted sleep, depression and higher rates of attempted suicide. This is why I strongly urge you to take action! All smartphones offer internet access, giving your child an opportunity to visit websites and use social media that you may not normally allow your child to access. Hence, your child may be even more prone to cyber-bullying, since bullies can use text messages and social medias as a method of victimization. Therefore, this can leave your child feeling hopeless, insecure or even considering suicide. As you can see, smartphones does bring lots of negative influence to children. Even schools in France have already set rules to ban children from using their smartphones in schools. However, the effort from school is not enough. To protect children from being addicted to smartphones, parents should take more control over their children’s use of technology, and governments should legislate to ban children below the age of 16 owning a smartphone, and that companies should not sell smartphones to children below 16 years old. Smartphones can also create an obstacle on the development of children’s social skills, because they only communicate with ‘friends’ through their smartphones but rarely have face to face communication. Hence, growing up in such a non-face-to-face communicating environment does hinder children’s social abilities. Even so, simply using social media daily was linked with a 13% higher incidence of depressive symptoms. As you can see, smartphones just as smoking, alcohol and drugs is addictive and can bring harms to the human body. For example, using smartphones brings possible long-term health risks, such as behavioural problems on chidren and increased cancer risk.