When it comes to stories about cell phones giving off radiation, the jury is still out. But there’s one thing we know for sure–cell phones are a huge distraction, and people get hurt when they’re not paying attention!
Have you seen the YouTube videos of people who were so busy looking at their phone that they fell into a water fountain or wandered out into traffic or fell down a hole? Do you want to be the person on the YouTube video falling down? I don’t think so! Here are a few tips for being safe with your cell phone:
- When you’re walking, keep your eyes open, put your cell phone away and be aware of what’s around you. Don’t walk while looking at your phone or else you will fall into a hole and end up on YouTube.
- Never ever use your cell phone while you are driving. Did I say never ever? I meant never ever ever! That’s called “distracted driving” and you could end up in an accident, hurting yourself and others. If you’re in a car with a driver who pays more attention to the phone than the road, tell them to put their phone down or pull the car over.
- Give your neck, back, head and hands a break! Your body was not meant to be looking down at a screen constantly. Your hands were not meant to be texting all day. Take time to sit back, stretch and sit up straight. Put your phone down for 10 minutes every hour. Otherwise, you could end up with wrist, hand, neck and back pain that never goes away. Let your eyes look out ahead of you and enjoy what is around you in the world!
- If you receive a text or call from someone you don’t know, tell them they have the wrong number. If they keep trying to contact you, let an adult know. While it’s nice to think that everyone you meet is a good person, there are some people who are not nice and good. If anyone contacts you and you feel uncomfortable, let an adult know.
Learn more about cell phone safety:
Are you reading this blog on your cell phone? When was the last time you washed your hands? If you can’t remember, then it’s been way too long! Go wash your hands and come back to finish reading. This blog can wait.
What’ve You Gotten Into?
Think of everything you’ve done since you last washed your hands. Did you eat? Go to the bathroom? Touch a door knob or elevator button? Try clothes on at the store? Purchase something with cash? All of those activities are things you do every day. And unfortunately by doing them, you come into contact with all types of bacteria, or bugs, that can make you sick. If you did these activities and didn’t wash your hands and are now touching your cell phone, you have just dropped those bugs onto your cell phone, where they will sit, stay, multiply and possibly make you sick. Gross.
Keep It Clean!
There are a few things that you can do to keep those little disease-causers away. The first step is to wash your hands after you come in contact with areas that are outside your home. You should always wash your hands before you eat or touch your face. And because you probably have your cell phone in your hands for most of the day, you should try and wash your hands before picking the phone up and wipe it down daily to help get rid of the bugs hanging on. Check with the store where you got your phone to see if they have any recommendations for cleaning your phone. And finally … hand-washing is the #1 way to stop spreading the bugs. So rub-a-dub-dub and give your hands a good scrub!
PSA: Proper Hand Washing
By the way, the proper way to wash your hands is to get them wet with water, apply soap and rub your hands together to lather the soap up. You should wash them for at least 15 seconds (or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday To You” all the way through) and then rinse them off and dry with a towel. You can also use hand sanitizer if you aren’t near a sink and soap. Apply enough of the sanitizer so that it coats your hands and rub your hands together until the sanitizer is all rubbed in (meaning your hands aren’t wet anymore). Mic drop … your hands are now clean!
Learn more about keeping yourself and your phone germ-free: Kids Health – Hand Washing Tips