Monday, January 26, 2009

Japan plans mobile phone ban in schools.

In an emergency, just ban: Because more and more students via SMS positions after suffering young girls into prostitution online offering to mobile phones in Japan's schools will be banned. Critics questioned the success of this measure.


Tokyo - First they extorted their victims. Again and again sent the four high-school her 18-year-old classmates SMS debts, converted hundreds of euros back. Then presented a nude photo of her peers to the Internet, including names and mobile mail address of the victim. Then the Japanese got more SMS from other students who made fun of him. At the end saw the 18-year-old no way out and jumped from the school roof in the death. The case of over one year ago in the city of Kobe cared for horror, is not the only one in Japan, where mobile phones for bullying among pupils were abused.

Japanese students with his cell phone: Cyber bullying via SMS drove another student to death

Immer wieder sorgen in der Mobilfunkhochburg Japan Fälle für Schlagzeilen, bei denen Handys jugendlichen Tätern wie auch ihren Opfern als Kommunikationsplattform dienen - und der Gesellschaft als einer der Gründe für die Missstände. The ranges of harassment of students and teachers, prostitution of schoolgirls on relevant contact pages on the Internet to instructions for suicide. Now the government wants to act in short and mobile phones from public schools in the country ban.

The Education Ministry in Tokyo intends According to media reports, by the end of January, the school authorities across the country to the fact that mobile phones generally from primary and secondary schools have to disappear. However, critics doubt that the problems simply by a government can eradicate available. "Even though I am sure that a child with a cell phone, I can it not simply take away by force. Then I would be accused of, I would use physical punishment," says a teacher from Osaka in the newspaper "Asahi Shimbun" the dilemma.

Japan, Europe is two years ahead

According to a survey by the Education Committee of the prefecture of Tokyo under 11,000 children in public schools have 33.2 percent of ten year olds own mobile phone. The 15-year-olds are already 73.3 per cent and the 16-year-olds 95.4 percent. Another study by the Osaka Prefecture showed that among the 13-year-olds every six more than three hours a day, the phone is used. Among the 16-year-olds does any third party. Every sixth among the 16 - year-olds were also involved, more than 50 a day to send SMS. Another result of the study that the children at home, the shorter learn, the longer they are with the mobile phone company, there can hardly be surprising.

In Japan, which according to experts in the mobile technology Europe two to three years in advance, and where 'keitai' (mobile phones) with Internet access from society are not ignored, are no longer phones only for voice calls or SMS. With cell phones can buses, trains and even taxis to pay for free television look to book their holidays, manga comics and read all the novels. Among the mobile offerings include but porn, Internet sites on which Selbstmörder to arrange group suicides and "deai-SAITO" - sites on which adults often Sexkontakte with students arrive.

Encouragement and doubt

One in ten primary school students is, according to a survey with such content ever come into contact. Although the law was recently tightened and Internet operators are obliged to records of children under 18 years to remove the offer to prostitution, as well as adults who are looking for such children. How effective it is, is not yet clear. According to the national police authority were made within one month after the amendment of a law more than 1,600 Internet pages to contact security authorities.

When the young governor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto, for this debate recently, mobile phones from the schools to ban, which caused a stir. So far, the schools themselves, as they deal with the problem. Many had previously prohibitions, but without much success. Japan's Communications Minister Kunio Hatoyama finds Hashimoto's proposal as "people who are strongly influenced by e-mail on mobile phones are dependent, would lose their conversation skills. There is no doubt that mobile phones have an aspect of the loss of humanity which could lead," he said .

But not everyone has a cell phone ban in schools. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, the Kyodo news agency that that the parents should leave. Others believe mobile phones to be useful, because schools and parents to locate their children and so could verify whether they were safe. Others, like Professor Shigeki Ito from the University of Komazawa any doubt that a ban in schools brings something big. Finally, the children used their phones after lessons continue anyway.

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