Teenagers and their mobile phones

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Teenagers and their mobile phones
At a time when we talk about banning the laptop in class, parents worry more and more for their teens and the use of cell phones. This is why National Union of Family Associations (Unaf) and the Association Action innocence have asked TNS Sofres to carry out a study on the behavior of teenagers with their telephone.

Teenagers and their mobile phones
Teenagers and their mobile phones

Teenage uses of the telephone

With the MP3 player, the mobile phone is the primary multimedia tool available to teens. 80% of young people aged 12 to 17 own a personal MP3 player and 73% of them have a personal mobile.

Most of them are girls (77%) and teenagers living with only one of their two parents are equipped with a mobile phone.
Most teenagers have a blocked plan (65%) with an unlimited option for SMS (59%).

In addition to primary uses such as telephoning (100%) or sending text messages (98%), mobile phones are also a medium for listening to music (88%), taking and sending pictures (86% Take or send videos (74%) and play (64%). Today, Internet access on the mobile phone affects 1 in 5 adolescents. The mobile phone is, therefore, an integral part of the life of teenagers in their leisure time. They are even 47% to declare having already used their laptop in class …

Mobile phone fears

Health risks and privacy intrusion are the two main concerns of adolescents.

Thus, 43% of teenagers fear being photographed or filmed in an embarrassing situation. This proportion stands at 51% for girls. 27% fear that someone will search their messages and this concern is mainly male (34% of boys).

Finally, 1 in 4 teenagers feared to receive an image or a video that they thought would be shocking. This fear is justified insofar as 15% of teens with a mobile phone have already given their phone number to an unknown person on the Internet. They were also 15% had circulated offensive content, and 14% had received messages of a sexual nature from their comrades.

Advice for parents

The association Action Innocence has established a list of tips for parents often overwhelmed by the use that teenagers can make their mobile phone.

Speaking, setting rules, leading by example
· Talk about it: using cell phones must be a topic of dialogue and discussion within the family! This is not contrary to the search for confidence and autonomy of the adolescent, quite the opposite!
· Set rules: Teens expect parents to set rules or benchmarks, even if it is to transgress them.
· Set an example: be sure to set an example for your children … the rules of safety and good citizenship apply to everyone!

Mobile phone and computer: same dangers, same rules

· Personal data protection: Remind your child that he should not reveal personal information about chat rooms, discussion forums, and social networks.
· Harassment, sexting, violent or shocking content: Encourage your child to warn you if he or she is a victim of something he/she dislikes. Emphasize that he is not responsible for what he is undergoing and that he should not be guilty. Be alert to changes in moods or digital practices.
· Digital Education: being a parent today requires integrating new technologies. However, some education bases remain the same as before and must be repeated to children,
Such as not doing to others what you would not want us to do or being respectful of others … · Parental control: Ask your operator to activate a parental control on your child’s mobile phone. However, beware, no system guarantees absolute protection.

Start the dialogue

· Health:
– Ensure that your children have moderate use of the mobile.
– Avoid prolonged exposure to the airwaves by asking him to reduce the duration of his conversations, to favor the corded telephone, to use the headset, to phone in areas of good reception, to avoid calling in transport or To keep his phone away during the night.

· Security:
– The telephone number must be given sparingly and only to known persons to limit the inconvenience.
– Do not reply to messages (or SMS) of strangers.
– To stop commercial messages, send the word STOP back to the sender.
– Spam received can be reported by being transferred to 33700.

· Citizenship:

– Responsible use is a use that does not disturb others: we do not talk on the telephone in a public space (train, waiting room …); It is about respect for others and the protection of their privacy.
– The use of the notebook at school must be strictly supervised. During the class, the phone must be switched off. Logically, parents should also avoid calling their children during classes.
– Do not photograph or film anyone without their consent. In all cases, the privacy of others must be respected.
– Sexual, violent or humiliating images should not be circulated, even if they are received. Parents can counsel the teen to talk to another adult.

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