Mobile Phones today have become more of a necessity than a luxury, using mobile phones our everyday work becomes much more simplified and intuitive. But there is a dark side to mobile phones as well. According to a recent study, mobile phones are exposing children across the world to illicit content more than anything else.
The study has also reported that children as young as 8 were also being exposed to illicit content. Shocking isn't it?. In some countries young children own high end smartphones such as iPhones which is not pleasing either and to top it all these children use their smartphones most of the time to access content such as pornography, violence and obscene content.
The Researchers conducting the study have also determined that the parents of the children buy them these smartphones and become a cause in their children accessing pornographic content.
During the course of the study around 18 percent of children aged 15 confessed to bullying someone using their smartphones or being bullied by others, a further 27 percent of children belonging to the same age group reported that they received unwanted messages and calls over their mobile phones. These children either had no security settings on their phones or had disabled them.
This trend has to be stopped immediately as our children are getting exposed to illicit internet material in an age where their creativity develops. This trend will also lead to reduced creativity among children and addiction to pornographic material say leading child psychologists. The Government needs to wake up at least now and introduce stringent norms to check exposure to illicit content among children.
Prof Tanya Bryon one of the leading psychologists says that the moment children are given mobile phones with internet access they tend to access pornographic sites and other illicit content which in turn causes damage to their brain and psyche.
Thus, the need of the hour is to check internet misue among young children.