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Cell Phones for Kids, in Weal or Woe?给孩子手机,是福还是祸?  

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Cell Phones for Kids, in Weal or Woe?

Most families get their kids cell phones to keep in touch and to know that they are safe, but most of us know that kids use their cell phones to keep in touch with their friends. You don’t have to look much further than your local middle school to see evidence of that.

Ever since the 1)Anchorage district give the OK for cell phones at school, these 2)roaming middle school students have been happily talking and texting their lunch hours away. 13-year-old John Eyrich is one of them. He says it took a while to 3)convince his mom he just had to have a cell phone.

John Eyrich: I needed one. I wanted one. And I finally got one.

And it turns out John is not alone.

Susan LaGrande: The number one way in surveys that…kids that they get their cell phones begging them from their parents.

Susan LaGrande is a child 4)psychologist who says cell phones are 5)a fact of life. But that doesn’t mean kids or their parents should 6)take that fact for granted.

LaGrande: Parents need to know this is just the same kind of setting limits as anything else like 7)curfews or when you can drive the car or anything like that. You still have to set limits.

LaGrande gives simply advice on when you give your kids a cell phone. Make the rules very clear and if they break the rules let them know the 8)consequences. Parents should keep in mind the age of their child—the very young may need a lesson on how to call for help.

LaGrande: One of the concerns is that the safety, we found. Here is…you know, in your phone is a helpful friend’s number beyond our number in case you can’t reach us. This is how you call 911. This is when you call 911. You don’t call them because we’re…we’re late picking you up. You call them because someone’s trying to harm you.

And for older kids, safety counts too. LaGrande says parents shouldn’t hesitate to keep an eye on who their children are talking to.

LaGrande: Sit down with them and tell them that you are going to check who they have phone calls with; and you are gonna go over the monthly bill with them. And if there are unfamiliar numbers that are frequently used, you wanna know what those…whose… those numbers are too.

LaGrande says cell phones are a great way to give parents peace of mind but the phones can also be a teaching tool, allowing children to learn about taking responsibility and showing they can handle it.

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And if you think we’re kidding, when we say “thousands of times a month”, listen to what some teens are telling us. The numbers will surprise you.

Student A: I text a lot but not as much as some.

Reporter: So what’s “a lot”?

Student B: Uh…in the past two weeks, in my outbox now I’ve sent 3,000.

Student C: Well, last month was about 6,000 but this month there are probably like 2-3 maybe.

Student D: I have unlimited. So, last month there was 7,000.

And then there is Andrew Carrao. Listen to this—

Andrew Carrao: Yes, in last month I sent 11,263.

That’s 11,263 text messages in one month on that phone.

Carrao: So if I’m just saying something to someone and I’m joking, I’ll just say “JK”—just kidding; and if I’m about to leave or to go to the bathroom or something and I’m gonna come back, I’ll say “BRB” which means “be right back.”

Christina Gaebhart: I think a lot of it is just generational thing.

Teacher Christina Gaebhart has followed the trend and how a whole new language has developed, a sort of text messages shorthand. 9)Abbreviations like OMG, and PAW, and TMI, mean “Oh My God”, “Parents Are Watching” and “Too Much Information”. And there’s dozens more just like them. But when these codes show up in actual classroom work—

Derek Noll: It’s a little 10)frustrating.

Derek Noll is an Oak Park English teacher.

Noll: Well you know, you see the number “2” instead of the “to” or “too” or “two” even, in just inappropriate places.

Teachers also watch for cheating by text message.

Gaebhart: I know a lot of teachers are worried about cheating. And how easy it is for one kid who can be taking a quiz right now to text to the kid who is gonna take that quiz next 11)block.

Reporter: And what do you do about that?

Gaebhart: Uh…for me I make sure that there is nothing on the tables when they’re doing it.

In this school, and others, it’s a “use it and lose it” policy—get caught using a cell phone during class, and teachers will take them away.

































注:911” 是美国的紧急求救电话的号码,自1968年起开始使用,相当于中国的110。而今,美国大约50%的国土面积上已接通了911号码,其中95%是加强版系统,可提供每个呼叫者的姓名与位置信息。目前,美国人每天呼叫911号码的次数达到285000次,其中大约80%呼叫联系的是警察局。此外,世界各国求救电话号码不尽相同,如中国、日本、德国和印度的是110,美国和加拿大的是911,英国、马来西亚、新加坡、爱尔兰和中国香港的是999,韩国、丹麦、瑞典和芬兰的是112,澳大利亚和中国澳门的是000

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