Lawmaker Proposes Outlawing Cell Phones for Teenagers

Imagine one day not being able to have your phone? You wouldn’t know what to do without it. Everyone is addicted to their cellphones because we can do anything with them that we can imagine. How would you feel to have your phone just stripped away from you because certaintly I wouldn’t want that to happen to me. So what should happen to this bill?  

What is happening: 

In Vermont, Senator John Rodgers proposed a bill to ban cellphones to anyone under the age of 21. Everyone does everything with their phones: work, communicate, and entertain themselves just with the device in their hands each and every day.

Rodgers suggests that this will make the world a better place because he states, “It is clear that persons under 21 years of age are not developmentally mature enough to safely possess them, they are more dangerous than guns.”

Why it is necessary: 

Rodgers explains that we take so much time away from the world and are doing it on our phones when we can do so much more and this will crack down on so much more according to this statement “The internet and social media, accessed primarily through cellphones, which are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists, and other extremists.”

The Reaction: 

We think we are getting our liberties taken away from us because it says “I think people need to think about what liberties they’re willing to give up for safety; my position is that no good can come from taking rights from good people.” and also the Voices for Vermont’s Children, criticized the bill as a “hollow diversion.”