Is a 10 year old too young for a cell phone?

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Trina - posted on 11/09/2011

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It depends on the parent and the views of the parent in my case I would not give mine a phone Because I have taken 2 of them from him already my sons grandparents gave him 2 in the past and he would call them to bring him stuff I would not give one to my daughter because I don't want to open a connection to boys too early that I cant keep track of

Denise - posted on 01/11/2010

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I have a 10 year old daughter and my husband and I have had this conversation several times and agree she is too young to be responsible with a cell phone. My mother gave her, her old track phone because she got a new one and there was 60 minutes left on it my daughter got it on a Sunday afternoon after church and by Monday after school she was down to 3 min. we knew then we made the right choice no cell phone.

Victoria - posted on 01/08/2010

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I don't think I will allow my kids to have a cell phone until they are older, they are 4, 6 & 8.
I wasn't allowed one until I had a job and could pay for it myself. I think if they really need to get a hold of me places like school or organized sports & activities they can ask to use the phone on the premises or one of the adults (coaches, organizers) phones.

Rachel - posted on 11/21/2009

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Quoting Robin:

yes!! most def!!! I didn't get my first cell phone until I was 16 and now I'm 18 and without one. If you give a child a cell phone at 10 they'll become dependant on them. Plus that'll get it to where they start texting early and stop paying attention in school which ruins there whole education. I personally am not a fan of kids having cell phones...by kids I mean teenagers in school too but that's just me.



 



I totally agree!!!!!





 

Barbara - posted on 11/12/2009

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I am a director of a daycare/preschool and I can't believe that I actually had to revise my Parent Handbook to tell parents NOT to let their children bring cell phones and electronics to school. I had a nine year old with his moms cell phone and his 4 year old brother brought his own DVD player and about 100 movies. No child should be hooked on electronics at such a young age. The older boy only used the phone to play games on. I also had a 11 year old who had a phone and she would call her mom at work all day long and pester her. Single parents are often held hostage by their childrens desires and give into them way to often

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Anne - posted on 11/09/2011

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Because this thread is over a year old and we are trying to keep things current I am going to close this thread. Any one is welcome to ask a similar question, Please just remember we are not a debating community.

Thank You and God's Blessings to all of you

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What if God is coming to tell you that your child needs you in the form of a call from your child....??

Rebekah - posted on 11/09/2011

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Yes! As a children's minister, this is one thing that I can say has broken down "family" and "community" BIG time!!!

Sure, parents can tell me that their kids NEED a phone for emergencies... but I also know that we serve a God that promises to go before you and be your rear guard!

I truly believe, we, as people depend upon technology MORE than God and His promises... and then kids end up on cell phones, texting their friends that actually sit right next to them. Talk about lack of "community", kids even talk to me in text lingo - sad!

I will be prayer warrior of a mom for my son (and whatever kids God blesses us with). They will not receive a cell phone - they will learn to stand on the Word of God, they will combat attacks of the devil, they will make right decisions -- and when they fail, I know God will come to me to let me know when something is wrong and I have to stand in the gap!!!

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I think it depends on the situation. My 8 year olds don't have one yet, but I guarantee if their father gets the visitations he wants I WILL be buying them one. Other than that I don't see the need for it for US until they start staying home alone... whenever that may be. My cell phone is our only phone, so they will need one at that time.

I used to say they wouldn't have one until they are driving, but our lives have changed since then....

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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My step daughter is 6 and has had a cell phone for over a year. When she has visitation with her mom she is not allowed to call us on her mother's phone, so we gave her one because it made her physically ill to not be able to talk to her daddy for days at a time. My son (9) also has had one for 3yrs to use when he is away at his dad's house or visiting grandparents. They have both been very responsible; not a phone damaged or lost or a single call to a non-approved number. If you give your kids a chance to prove themselves they will usually come thru.

Helen - posted on 01/11/2010

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I think it depends alot on the maturity of the child. I have nieces 10 & 12yrs old, extremely responsible girls & will be able to handle the responsiblility of owing a cell phone if given one. Ofcourse one of those cell phones geared to children with limited access would be ideal.

Peggy - posted on 01/11/2010

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I have to say it depends on the child and the situation. My daughter has had one since first grade. But I was also away from her a LOT due to driving 400 miles round trip to take my dad to Chemo and Radiation treatments so she needed a way to get in contact with me in case something happened. She is now 14 and still has her own phone. She seldom uses her phone but she has it.
Peggy

Suzanne - posted on 01/10/2010

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my eight year daughter has one, the decision was because she wanted to play down @ a friends home all the time, we got one so that way she would "kearn to check in' from time to time, and that we could call her when it was time to come home. WE LOVE IT. AND IT teaches her to be a responsable kid. and if i can;'t get a hold of her "like she doesn't answer the phone she gets in trouble, so no a ten year old is just fine.

Gidgit - posted on 01/08/2010

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Personally my daughter will NOT have a cell phone until she is OLDER. Someone suggested a 2 way radio with a large radius for when the child is out doors. I do not condem those who have a need such as some single parents who's child is in after school care until kind of late. However If you do the research, Children who become dependant upon cellphones at younger ages tend to not memorize things like phone numbers, addresses and the like. They depend on the cellphone to hold that information and do not commit it to memory therefore it becomes commonplace in everyday life for them.



Also check with the school rules and regulations. Will having a phone get your child into trouble at school? Is your child mature enough to be trusted not to use the phone unless it is an emergency?

Just some suggestions.

God Bless

Mallori - posted on 11/21/2009

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I think for SAFETY reasons, your child should def. have one!! Ten is a good age. My first one i was 12 ...

Rachel - posted on 11/21/2009

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yes! If they need a cell phone let them use yours....they have no use for one. They should still be playing with toys....The world today is extremely too dependent for there cell phones...I mean really think about it do you want your 10 year old to be worried about forgetting there phone....They grow up fast enough as it is

Gillian - posted on 11/20/2009

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here in Ireland you can buy a prepay phone with only 2 call options( it has no dial pad buttons) on it one for mum and one for dad it cannot text and can only receive calls from numbers which have been preentered by the person who holds the pin code. they are called firefly fones. if you feel your sonneeds one for his safety this mite be the way to go.

Hannelie - posted on 11/19/2009

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No, I dont think so, my daughter is turning 10 in January 2010 and I bought her one for next year. Her brother is also starting school in 2010 and I feel if either of them need me during a school day I want them to be able to phone me.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/19/2009

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In this day & age, maybe not. BUT if you do buy a cell phone for your 10yo, I would get one of those that you program so that your child can only call certain numbers, such as your home number, your cell number, and maybe a couple others. Those phones can be tracked so you know where your child is at all times. If you end up getting your child a regular cell phone, verizon has a service you can purchase where you can set usage allowance, time restrictions, blocked numbers, and trusted numbers. Regardless of usage allowance & time restrictions, the trusted numbers can always be used for calling or texting.

TOWANDA - posted on 11/13/2009

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YES I THINK THEY ARE BUT IF THE CHILD IS VERY RESPONSIBLE I MAY THINK ABOUT IT AND ALSO WHAT HE MAY NEED A PHONE FOR AT THAT AGE FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSE OR GOING AWAY FROM HOME ON A TRIP WITH OTHERS I WOULD GIVE THEM A PHONE

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yes!! most def!!! I didn't get my first cell phone until I was 16 and now I'm 18 and without one. If you give a child a cell phone at 10 they'll become dependant on them. Plus that'll get it to where they start texting early and stop paying attention in school which ruins there whole education. I personally am not a fan of kids having cell phones...by kids I mean teenagers in school too but that's just me.

Kaci - posted on 11/12/2009

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I agree with Tami Angel! it depends why they need it.. but also I believe it is up to he/she when he/she feels they need it but up to you whether or not it would be appropriate (if that makes sense :) ).

Anne - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi I think a regular cell phone is not necessary BUT they do have them now that you can program who the child can call and text. If I was a working out of the home mom and I had a 10 year old that was in after school care of some kind or sports I think I would look into that type of phone.

However do I think it is necessary for a 10 year old to have a cell phone will all the "Bells and Whistles" NO. That being said this is a family decision and I would not put any one down for giving their child a cell phone.

Rabecca - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son is 8 and has had a cell since he was 5 kindergarden this being said I do work for a cell phone company so perhaps he may have not had one in kindergarden but I am sure if I didnt he still would have had one by grade 2 he really was not the only one in kindergarden with a phone there was a few but in third grade most kids do have them more parents work and it is just a good way to keep trake of your child if i was a stay at home mom and he wasnt off after school for 3 hour doing different activies till I get off work I may see things differently but it just puts my heart at ease a little knowing that he will call me everyday when hes where he needs to be tells me about his day and I tell him how much I love him its a really specail part of my day and I dont have so much mommy guilt that I am not able to be home with him as soon as schools out becaus eI still feel like we are connected during that time of day.

Also between 3 and 6 is when most bad things can happen to kids and when they get into the most trouble I feel way more secure knowing that if someone took my child he knows how to hide his phone and try to call or to call 911 as wells alot of phones can be geard towards younger kids with GPS locating system to me knowing that if anything did happen we could locate him and bring him home . And all the numbers he might need such as family or family friends are right there he has several numbers of people we trust that could help him if need be

Amy - posted on 11/11/2009

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I agree with the other Moms. Ten is too young for a cell phone. My son will bring up the fact that he wants one. Now he is alloud to walk on our street and one other street because there are alot of kids on that street so other Moms are watching. Other then that if he wants to go anywhere else he must let me know and I will go with him. We had thought of a walkie talkie or some other form of communication. Have not decided yet but we will not get him a cell phone and like I said he does want one. I have told him where he is aloud to be if he needs to call us a parent will let him use the phone or will call themseves. When I was a kid we did not have them. We were all ok.

Heather - posted on 11/11/2009

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My first instinct is to say yes. I didn't have a cell phone until after I was married, and all of my friends had cell phones in high school. Honestly I found them annoying. They were always on their phones instead of talking to the people they were with. My mom's rule was that when we were old enough to get a job and pay for them then we could have them. I plan on having the same rule for my kids. That being said. I do agree with Tami. There could be an exception if there was some reason that they needed one. But at ten years old I can't think of any good reasons... but I'm sure that your ten year old could...

Tami - posted on 11/11/2009

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I think it depends on why the child needs one... involved in sports? Away from home and need to be able to call? Sure these are valid reasons, but I think ten is a bit young. I am a mom of three...14, 11, and 8 and my 14 year old is the only one of my children to have a cell phone and his is a prepaid one. We have two- way radios that have a 16 mile radius that the kids use when they go on walks and bike rides around the neighborhood.

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