Devising special mobiles for school going children

Shiv Kumar Padha

The modern age is the age of science and technology which has conquered the whole universe by dint of its latest inventions and innovations, amongst which the information technology is worth mentioning as it has enabled the mankind access the global information only by the click of the button. Internet, mobiles and the screen media is proving a great source of knowledge, information and entertainment to the subscribers in the modern world.
Where, on the one hand the information technology has brought in a great revolution in the field of global trade, health, information, weather forecasting, entertainment and surveillance, on the other its addiction and excessive exposure has brought with it many physical and emotional hazards for the kids and small children. We daily observe the young children and adolescents listening to the music with the earphones plugged in the ears while crossing the roads and railway tracks, driving, travelling in the buses and trains unmindful of what is happening around, which at many times result in fatal accidents. The children belonging to majority of families are seen huddled in a corner playing video games either on mobiles or on IPods or seen glued to the television screen staring at cartoon channels hours together. The addiction of children to these gadgets is not only telling badly upon their physical and mental health but it is also taking them away from the social network of relations.
Television is the enhancer of audiovisual flavor providing unnatural levels of sensory stimulations which compels even a crawling baby craning its neck towards glowing TV screen. Television, being the enormous powerful and influential entertainment industry, is becoming a major public health issue. Studies show that the prolonged exposure to television screen during early and later childhood is prone to attention and cognition problems sleep disturbances, accumulation of body fats, inactivity and communicative disorders. Television viewing among children less than three years of age is found to have negative effect on mathematical ability, reading recognition and comprehension in later childhood. Excessive television viewing in childhood and adolescence is associated with poor educational achievement by thirty years of age. The children, who have prolonged screen exposures, get less sleep than previous generations had and experience more sleeping difficulties. Excessive television viewing among the children and the adolescents is an independent contributing factor in obesity. A study shows that those children who watched more than two hours of television or mobile a day between ages of five and fifteen developed significant health risks many years later with 15 percent of cases of raised blood cholesterol, 17 percent obesity, 17 percent of smoking and 15 percent of reduced cardiovascular fitness.
The children especially from the educated and financially sound families are becoming addicted to the video games played on iPods, mobiles and computers. They usually fall prey to mood swings, diminished imagination and hyper focus on in-game achievements to the exclusion of other real life events and social isolation. The excessive use of video games on the mobiles makes the child addicted because these games have inbuilt reward and reinforcement mechanism which makes the child more concerned with their interaction with games than in real life. The children while playing the video games often skip their meals and neglect personal hygiene, gain or lose weight and suffer from sleep deprivation. The continuous use of earphones for listening mobile music during work, exercise, driving and travelling affects the auditory nervous which can lead to either deafness or permanent hearing disorders because of loud sound not fit for the human ears because human inner ear is more vulnerable to loud sounds. These days the parents are confroted with the serious problems related to the excessive addition of the screen media especially the mobile. Mothers, often lul their children with the help of the mobile. The mothers escape from the duty of parenting of their small children by entrusting them to the care of the lifeless instrument Mobile. The school going children do not forget to keep the mobile along with their text books in their school bags which they enjoy during the leisure hours they get during the school times. Instead of discussing their academic problems with their peer group or with their concerned subject teachers. They waste their precious time in watching the objectionable videos, posts and lecherous literature posted on the face book. Which prove a great toll on their future life and personality. They make new contacts with the strangers and exchange their immature chats on the whattsapp , which, many times result in un expected incidents. Which prove detrimental in their lives. The mobile phones having the facilities of face book, tik tok, reels and the messenger are more dangerous especially for the school going children.
It is, therefore, suggested to the Mobile manufacturing industries to device a mobile especially for the school going children with the limited and needed applications for the safety and requirements if the children. The mobiles so devised should cater to the following needs and requirements of the children only like;

  1. Limited memory with a provision of only 20 contracts covering parents, brothers sisters, paternal and maternal parents and uncles, two friends, police. Hospital and one emergency Number for SOS contact.
  2. Provision for 10 SMSs a day. NO whattsapp and facebook facility.
  3. Provision for at least 10 photographs with no option of deletion.
  4. The mobile must be licensed and must be issued on the request of the parents.
  5. Possession of a mobile other than the prescribed licensed one by the children must be prohibited and should lead to the expulsion of the children from the schools.
    The parents cannot escape from their duties as they have to ensure that their children are kept away from the reach of the most sophisticated or ordinary smart mobile at their homes otherwise the new devised mobiles cannot check the menace of the mobile addiction among the children.
    The technology has lot of positive attributes. The problem is they also have extremely negative effects on kids. The parents should be ever vigilant of what their children are doing with their technology. It should be born in mind by all the parents that the children under the age of two should not watch TV or any form of screen entertainment at all and also the children of all ages should not have television in their be.
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