Talk, Don’t Walk, While on the Cell Phone

Many parents give their children cell phones because it offers convenience and a way to stay in touch. However, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, say parents need to tell their children not to use them when crossing streets.

The researchers found that children ages 10 and 11 often become distracted by their cell phones while walking in public.

In fact, “children were less attentive to traffic, left less time between themselves and the next oncoming vehicle, and were involved in more collisions and near misses,” the study states.

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