Good morning chairperson, adjudicator, members of the proposing and opposing teams, teachers, and fellow students. I am going to discuss the importance and need for school going children to have mobile phones in this technological era. In this high-tech fast world, mobile phones have become a compulsory part of everybody’s life, without any age limit. Mobile phones are now a normal part of modern society, used by everyone from toddlers to pensioners. A study carried out by ORC International, a leading market research agency, for the National Consumers League, stated that many children, if not most, have their own mobile phones In this so called ‘technology era’, children need to grow up making use of mobile phones if they are to take their intended place in society. I therefore ask you, how can we expect children to fit into the modern workforce with ‘hi-tech’ employers if they have not grown up with the technical advances of mobile phones from a school going age? Preventing a child from having a mobile phone is putting them at a major disadvantage both socially and technologically. Surely you would all agree that we children are a lot more advanced than some adults when it comes to using mobile phones. This is due to the fact that we have been accustomed to mobile phones as young children and have grown up alongside the major developments in them over the years, unlike most adults. How many of us here have had to help our parents get to grips with their new mobile phones?! Evolution has taught us that we must adapt in order to survive. You may think this is a drastic statement; however it is not enough to bury our heads in the sand when it comes to technological advances, just because we are fearful. Katie has already mentioned the wonderful programmes in schools teaching us about appropriate mobile phone use. Does the opposition really purpose to remove mobile phones from all children up to the age of 18? A recent showing of the television...
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