I partially agree with all this and I fully agree that addiction to mobile phones is not a good thing for our younger generation. I don't have children of my own. I do however, believe that we shouldn't ban it entirely. Mobile phones have become a major aspect of our lives whether we like it or not. For some, it is a tool for work, for others a socializing tool but that is just exactly what it is - a tool. No more, no less. Having our children avoid it entirely will not help. Neither is giving into their every whim. I believe we need to educate them. Its just as how we teach them to use the toilet or even a comb. They need to understand the purpose of the device and if we do it right, they will not only understand the effects it can cause but even be a better generation than us. We talk as if children are the only ones that need educating when in fact, we do too. Time spent with family and friends now limited to only meeting physically. Meaningful conversations now are replaced with smileys and emoticons. Yes, it takes patience and it takes time, but aren't they worth it? I have a niece and nephew that I love very much. They were as addicted to their iPads as most children are today. But you can not imagine their joy when my husband and I taught them how to ride bikes. They aren't born to only like technology. They need to be molded into the kind of fun that benefits them. Now, they know that their iPads are ok but only for a while. Maybe after lunch when they want to sit and watch their favourite cartoons before its time to study or play outside or even chores.