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Are Kids Safe With Cell Phones at Crosswalks?

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Before you buy that cell phone for your child to keep them safe when they are away from you, parents need to be aware. A new study shows that kids who talk on a cell phone may be more likely to step into traffic.

The study says children should learn to end phone conversations before they step up to the curb and prepare to step into traffic. Research done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham also shows that older children and more experienced users also don’t navigate streets as well while on a cell phone and younger children tended to find gadgets more distracting.

“Kids this age are just learning to cross the street on their own,” says David Schwebel, an associate professor and vice chair in the department of psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A third of the 20 million 8- to 12-year-olds in the United States already have a cell phone, with more than half of “tweens” expected to be carrying them by the end of next year, according to market researchers.

In the study, which appears in the February 2009 issue of Pediatrics, researchers followed 77 pre-teens individually as they navigated a virtual reality street crossing. The children were first allowed to familiarize themselves with the street scene before actually starting the test. The children were then asked to run through the simulation 12 times, six while on the phone and six while undistracted.

The researchers found that children speaking on a cell phone were 43 percent more likely to be hit or to have a close call in the simulated street crossings than kids who weren’t on the phone. Researchers also kept track of how many times a child looked left and right before stepping into the street and found that number fell by 20 percent when a phone conversation was going on. There was no difference between boys or girls.

“I don’t think this means parents should taken phones away from their kids, ” says Schwebel. “I encourage families to get cell phones for their children. They’re more helpful than harmful, if they’re used in a safe way.”

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