Kids Use Mobile Phones Too Much? Send 'Em To A Mental Hospital

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

We've noted in the past the, well, addiction some people have to calling any sort of regular usage of something an "addiction." It's quite common with all sorts of technologies. Often there doesn't seem to be any actual evidence of an addiction -- or, if there is, it usually becomes clear that the problem is somewhere else, and the people simply turn to technology to avoid that other issue in their lives. Either way, it still seems a bit extreme to hear that, in Spain, parents have sent two children, aged 12 and 13, to a mental hospital to try to help "cure them" of their mobile phone "addiction." As parents, what was wrong with just taking away their mobile phone?

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    Trerro, 16 Jun 2008 @ 12:12pm


    "buy a cheap landline for the kids to share without the risk of ruining your credit by racking up a thousand dollar bill talking to fucking nobody."

    Landlines aren't cheap. They're about $30/month, with asinine long distance fees for calling someone 20 miles away. Compare to cell phones which are usually $40/month with anything in your country considered to be a local call, and assume you want to call even one person that doesn't live right next to you, and the cell phone is cheaper. Personally, I ditched my landline for a cell phone, not the other way around.

    Also, most cell phone companies offer accounts with a spending limit on them, so you can block your kid from running up a bill - whereas you can't do that if he decided to talk to a friend on the other side of the country for a few hours while getting billed by the minute on your landline. If you don't think he HAS friends on the other side of the country, then you clearly aren't very familiar with the internet. :)

    There's nothing wrong with a kid having a cell phone - sure, he most definitely doesn't need one, but he doesn't need most of his toys either. The key, as with all things, is decent parenting and exercising moderation.

    We don't have the full details of the story, but we DO know that grades were falling for months before the parents acted, and that's just plain bad parenting. Yes, there's flukes where a kid will flunk a single test and otherwise do fine in school... but when it's consistent failing for weeks straight, obviously there's a problem somewhere, and the parents should be trying to fix it - not waiting until it's so bad that they want to commit the kid.

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