Year 6 Passage 4_1

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Maria says that all of her friends have a mobile phone, but Maria’s mom doesn’t want to buy her one. Maria’s mom doesn’t want Maria to play video games either. What is more, the Internet scares her. Maria’s mom says, “If Maria has a mobile phone, how do we know whom she is talking to? Video games are bad for you. The Internet is dangerous and uncontrolled. It’s like having a gun in the house. We should just ban her from using the computer, and I’m not buying her a mobile phone until she is eighteen. This is the only way we can be sure that Maria is safe.”



Maria’s dad disagrees with Maria’s mom. Although he agrees that there are some dangers to it, he likes the Internet, and finds it to be very useful. “The trouble is,” he says, “we just can’t stop Maria from using the Internet, as this would put her at a disadvantage. What is more, I like video games. I think that, when played in moderation, they are fun. Obviously, it is not good to play them without restraint or self-control. Finally, I think Maria needs a mobile phone. We can’t take these things away.”