CONCERN #3: IT’S A PHYSICAL DANGER
There are some instances where texting can be dangerous to anyone’s physical safety—both children and adults should never, ever text while driving or crossing the street. In fact, a 2009 study showed that “Children who talk on cell phones while crossing streets are at a higher risk for injuries or death in a pedestrian accident.” A child who is given a cell phone should also receive strict instructions about when they should use it. And there’s the sad fact that carrying a cell phone (or any expensive electronic device) can make anyone a target for a robbery. Just last week, a 19-year old was stabbed on a New York City subway when a fellow passenger stole his cell phone. Kids need to remain aware of their surroundings when using their cell phones (or iPads, or iPods) in public.