Meggan - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )
Okay, I just have to get on my soap box for just a second! My apologies if I offend anyone, but this nonsense of giving cell phones to kids is just completely out of control!!!! And I'm talking some kids younger than the age of 5! Unbelievable!!!!
I can't tell you how much grief it has caused just in our school district alone.
Cell phones are a piece of equipment, people ~ not play toys! If you feel like your child needs to have a cell phone, do the right thing and try to find one w/o all the bells and whistels.
Kids are not mature enough to have cell phones b/c they lack the concept of consequences that are related to cell phones, a good example: the issues of 'sexting'. Now students/kids are being prosecuted and charged as sexaul predators b/c they forwarded a nude photo. I would be livid if I knew my son or daughter were doing something like that!
Arguments get started; hatefull comments or pictures of someone that some body does not like get passed around ~ what happened to the good 'ol concept of actually CALLING on the cell phone?????
Please parents, think before you purchase a cell phone for you children. All they need is a way to call, they don't need to text or send hateful pictures or nude photos of each other. That's just sick! Use some good 'ol common sense and discuss what you expect out of your children and the responsibilities of having the cell phone, that is if you MUST purchase a phone for your child!
It cracks me up that we have students in our school that have to 'check in their phones at the office' before going to class! Why? B/c students were texting answers to tests back and forth to each other DURING class! So, doesn't checking the phone in defeat the purpose???? Okay so maybe your son or daughter walks home from school. Then lets go back to what I just said. IF you feel the need to purchase a cell phone, get the standard phone and DISCUSS/ COMMUNICATE the RESPONSIBILITIES of a phone!!!!!
In the end, my children will have to wait until they are adults to have cell phones. By then they will be learning if not already what responsibilities are and will have to understand that having a cell phone is NOT all fun and games. It's a bill that has to be paid in order to enjoy the necessity of it!! What's that word? Oh yeah, it's a responsilibity!!!!! As for now, I don't need the hassle and quite frankly I've seen enough to know that we don't need that kind of drama either!
Okay I'll step down from my soap box now!