Currently, more than one third of children aged ten to thirteen own a mobile phone. It is therefore a necessity to inform today's youth of the effects of owning a cellular phone. By reason of request from Mr. Howard, Prime Minster of Australia, to hear the concerns of Australia, a conclusive survey was conducted and revealed that children and teenagers are not aware of the major issues regarding mobile phones. Consequently, these issues need to be recognized by youth and society in order to prevent the harmful effects regarding addiction, health and debt amongst teenagers. These findings will be discussed in great detail in regard to health effects, addiction and debt along with recommendations to alleviate and solve these issues.
Mr. J. Howard, Prime Minister of Australia wished to hear the concerns of Australia youth at a forum and as a result, research has been undertaken on the impact of mobile phone technology on teenagers.
Comprehensive research and information has determined that mobile phones have harmful effects on teenagers concerning health, psychological addiction, and debt. These factors could generate more hardships for young adults; mis-educating and confusing youth from an early age. The surveys conducted for this report have concluded that eighty-nine percent of teenagers are unaware of these effects. A survey by Ingenuity Research found that more than one-third of children aged ten to thirteen own a mobile phone. A New South Wales Office of Fair Trading survey revealed that mobile phones were considered 'essential lifestyle necessities for young people'. Almost fifty percent of young people aged under eighteen in that survey put mobile phone bills at the top of their list of debt.
2.3. Purpose of Report
This issue, impacting on Australian society, will examine the effects of mobile phones on teenagers. Recommendations will be made for alleviating and solving the...