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In today’s world, smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. While they offer many benefits, such as staying connected with loved ones and accessing information on-the-go, they also come with some drawbacks. Imagine you are one of the children in the picture, looking at a phone with your friends. Think about the pros and cons of phone use.
Convince us of your point of view. Argue either for or against the limiting the use of smartphones. Use examples and evidence to support your position.

Warm-Up Discussion Questions

What are some of the benefits of having a smartphone?

What are some of the negative effects of using phones too much?

How many hours a day do you need to look at your screens?

How could smartphones influence the way children in the picture develop friendships and communicate with each other?

How might the use of smartphones affect outdoor physical activities and play, which are also important in children’s development?

If arguing for smartphones, what evidence could you provide demonstrating their role in enhancing learning and education?

If arguing against smartphones, what examples could you discuss that negatively affect attention spans or mental health?

Discuss the importance of balance. How would you propose to balance the use of technology with other activities in daily life?

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