MAY 2020: Cellular Phones for Adolescents

MAY 2020: Cellular Phones for Adolescents

Current Research for MLA 3-4th grade Speaking & Debating Class (in Korea)…

TOPIC: Cellular Phones for Adolescents


People who say cell phones are safe reference statements by the FCC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and point to peer-reviewed studies that conclude that cell phone use is not associated with an increased risk of brain tumors or the onset of other health problems. They contend there has been no increase in brain tumor rates despite hundreds of millions of people now using cell phones. People who say cell phones are not safe to cite peer-reviewed studies showing an association between cell phone use and tumor growth, DNA damage, and decreased fertility. They say cancers take 20-30 years to develop and cell phone studies have monitored periods of 10 years or less. They highlight the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s classification of cell phone radiation as a possible [cause of some cancers]. History of Cell Phone Radiation (, Last updated: 11/09/2018)


When Should Kids Get Cell Phones?,
ABC News, February 21, 2010 [6 min]

Study on the effects of cell phones on kids reveals stunning results,
NBC News, May 19, 2017 [4 min]
NOTE: Please skim the article too (no notes required from the reading).

Kids with cell phones: How young is too young?,
CBS News, September 2, 2014 [3 min]

Why every kid should have a cellphone,
Desert News, November 16, 2017 [4 min]

[Entertaining: Not for Evidence] Parents should NOT give their children mobile phones before secondary school, top psychiatrist warns,
Daily Mail, August 2, 2018 [3 min]
NOTE: Don’t worry about reading the article nor taking any notes from this video/article. Just watch it, please! 🙂


5 Pros and cons of giving a child a mobile phone or tablet
New York Shipa, July 17, 2018

The Pros and Cons of Giving a Mobile Phone to a Teenager
Child Development Info., January 4, 2015

[Optional] 18 Essential Pros and Cons of Cell Phones,
Green Garage Blog, August 19, 2015
Note: Maybe you can skim this one and find a few more ideas for your notes?


Giving your child a mobile phone: The pros and the cons
Irish Times, August 17, 2016

Should kids have cell phones? What is the best age for the first one?, Last Accessed: May 2020


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