Teenagers are too materialistic. FOR: AGAINST: Materialism makes children less safe. Children will always pressure their parents Firstly they are carrying an expensive to have the latest thing; phones are only fashion item that makes them a target for one example of this. Parents can always criminals. Millions of people are robbed of say “no” or set limits on what they can cell phones, Ipods etc. every year, spend. With modern payment plans sometimes with violence. Secondly, many children can be given a set amount of credit children spend so much time talking on the for calls and texts. Learning to work within phone or texting that they are less aware of financial limits is an important part of what is going on around them. Each year growing up. In any case, many young young people get run over crossing the people have part-time jobs so they are street because their attention was on their spending their own money on gadgets such phone conversation or music, not the as mobile phones, ipods, etc, not their traffic. Materialistic gadgets are a parents’. distraction from the real world, preventing children from interacting with those around them. Constant talking, texting, and games playing take the place of proper socializing. Young people grow up without good manners, unable to relate to those around them in a normal way. They also become fat and lazy, as phone use crowds out healthy activity such as sport or playground games. Mobile phones are too expensive for Mobile phones are now a valuable part of children. Even if basic models are cheap to student life. Because parents feel their buy, calls are expensive and charges soon children are safer carrying a phone, they mount up. Many young people run up big are more likely to allow them to travel to bills their parents have to pay. A few rich school on their own rather then driving families might be able to afford this, but for them. This promotes greater independence many parents the hours their kids spend on for the children, while taking traffic off the their cell phones are an uncontrolled roads which is environmentally-friendly. expense they cannot cope with. Others are Like many other things (girls! boys! the under peer pressure to get the newest, most view out of the window!) mobiles and stylish phone or ipod or game with all the music can be distracting in class but this latest gadgets. Banning children from doesn’t mean they should be banned. Many having these gadgets would take away schools allow phones and ipods to be these problems from ordinary financially- carried providing they are turned off in stretched families. lesson. TEENAGERS are in danger of becoming Anything can be abused, including pencils future shopaholics because of their and paper. New technology always carries materialistic attitudes.Dittmar gave out 195 some risks but we should not be rushed questionnaires and found many of the into panic measures. Children got hold of teenage respondents believed that if they pornography, gambled and bullied each owned more things they'd be happier, and other long before mobile phones were that by having material possessions they invented. These problems won’t go away if achieved major goals, such as power, we ban phone use – they can only be dealt identity and status. She also discovered with through good parenting and moral there was no difference between girls and education. In the meantime, parents can get boys when it came to materialistic values phones and any other materialistic gadget and spending patterns. which block inappropriate content, and ensure their children do not have credit cards to pay for it.
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