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.
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