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Psicologia & Sociedade

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Abstract

NICOLACI-DA-COSTA, Ana Maria. Cell phones: a "God-given gift" for mothers of youngsters. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2007, vol.19, n.3, pp. 108-116. ISSN 1807-0310.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822007000300015.

Investigations conducted in different parts of the world show that parents equip their young children with cell phones in an attempt to enhance their safety while they independently explore a world perceived as progressively dangerous. Results from a study carried out in Rio de Janeiro with mothers of 18 to 25 year old youngsters, however, reveal that this may not be the sole reason for such parental behavior. Even though all interviewees constantly mentioned worries about their children's safety, above all these mothers were mainly referring to their own safety - used with the meaning of tranquility, calmness, peace of mind, etc. For them, the cell phone is an important source of relief from the anguish of not knowing where their children are.

Keywords : Cell phones; mothers; youngsters; safety; peace of mind.

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