Should a 11-Year-Old Have a Cell Phone?

Diana - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 1103 moms have responded )

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My step daughter wants to have a cell phone and she is 11 years old....I think 11 is too young to own a cell phone she wants one just to call her friends and most of her friends have cells phones..... Is 11 too young for cell phones?

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Deborah - posted on 04/05/2010

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My kids (aged 12, 9 and 8) have cellphones but they only get them when they are leaving the house so that we will be able to contact them and vice versa. They have to abide by our 'cellphone usage rules' or the cellphones will be taken away. So far (its been 5 years since the oldest got his) they have been careful and responsible children. It also gives us all a sense of security when I/they know that we they are just a phonecall away especially when they are away from home. I think that as long as rules are established from the beginning and we let them know that we trust them and we are open with each other, then there is really nothing to worry about.

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I have an 11 yr old and he has had a cell phone since he was 9. The main reason I got it was because we had our landline shut off because we never used it.

We just added him to ur famioy plan and it only cost an extra $10 and he has unlimited text, mobile to mobile and nights and weekends.

My son is very mature for his age and I have had no problems with him and the phone.

I feel better when he goes off on a bike ride or to a friends with a phone on him. He can call 911 if something happens or if someone kidnaps him it has the gps tracking. So I think it all depends on your child and how responsible they are.

For myself, it has eased my mind a little when he is away playing and I can easily call him and tell him it is time to come home.

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My opinion...it depends on the 11-year-old. I had five younger siblings; two in diapers, when I was 11 and I had total care of all of them while my mom worked. It was fun but challenging and by today's standards could be considered child labor or abuse (there was a time when 12-14 year olds married and were called pioneers). I was certainly responsible enough for a cell phone but there are so many who are not. This is on the parent to make the decision. Good luck!

Esha - posted on 04/04/2010

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I don't see nothing wrong with an 11 year old having a cell phone. My son is 11 and he has one, as long as they are doing good in school and at home I don't see a problem with it.

Danielle - posted on 04/04/2010

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I bought my 11 year old son a cell phone when he was 10. I think it depends on the child and the parent. I can always contact him and make sure he is okay now that he has one. The best part is that it has helped with his grades and he knows that I can take it away just as fast as it was given if need be. I would look over all the options before you put her on your plan, you can always try out a pre-paid one before diving head first into a paid plan.

Johni-Lynn - posted on 04/04/2010

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My son is 11 and really wants one also, but we have told him not until he is 14. That is when his sister got one...I just don't feel that a child that young needs one...Give them something to look forward to.

Kathy - posted on 04/04/2010

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Both of our daughters got their first cell phones when they were in Middle School-not because all of their friends had one (I'm sure many did), but because I felt safer knowing that they could reach us in an emergency and at times when they were alone (walking to and from the bus stop, walking or riding bikes...) We never had any issues-rules and expectations can be talked about beforehand-and you can always take away phone privileges but ultimately it's really what works best for your child and your family.

Erin - posted on 04/04/2010

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I think that it is important for an 11 year old to have a cell-phone that he/she can take with him to the park etc; so he/she can use it in an emergency. You can make it a pay-as-you-go deal. Now, if the 11 year old wants a cell-phone just because all his/her friends have one...that's not a rational excuse in my mind. My son just turned 11...and now that the weather is nice, he's going to want to hang out with his buddies in the park that is behind my house. I'll be setting up a cell-phone soon for him.

Kate - posted on 04/04/2010

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My girl is 12 and is the "only one" in her class without a phone - apparently. I have told her numerous times that if she gets a job (paper run etc) so she can pay for the usage then we will get her a phone for her 13th birthday. To date she has made ZERO progress with the job hunt. I also remind her I survived without a mobile phone until I was 20. Sometimes I can see the benefits - when she goes to the movies with her friends, arriving home from school camp etc but again we managed without one so I'm sure she can.

Tabatha - posted on 04/04/2010

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I got my 10 year old ( she will be 11 in afew days ) her cell phone and it has been a blessing for when she is outside with her friends or over with friends so that i can check in on her at any given minute.



I disabled the text until she is abit older tho so that she can only use the call features

Mischelle - posted on 04/03/2010

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my 11 year son wants a mobile phone too, he has just started yr 7 at high school and says kids younger than him have one so why him? My hubby and I both think he is too young to need one! We drop him and pick him from school...if he was taking the bus there maybe then I would consider getting him one.

Shannan - posted on 04/03/2010

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Tara,

Your bill should show the incoming and outgoing text numbers...if they don't match up to what you've checked...consequences. It takes time to monitor all of that but if there's a problem, it's worth it. I don't think people utilize their bills...

Shannan - posted on 04/03/2010

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I don't think you can put an age on when is right. Some kids are ready and responsible enough at different ages. Then there are circumstances. My daughter is 11. She got her phone 2 years ago. She is very responsible but it was more for peace of mind. At 9, she was needing a little more freedom...being able to go out and play or ride her bike without me being right there to watch. We have a pedophile that lives right across the street. I'm not saying that the phone is going to protect her, but I feel a little more comfortable letting her go out on her own without me watching her every move knowing she could possibly call me or the police. We've been over and over different scenarios of how she could secretly place a call if something were to happen. Plus, a lot of her friends no longer have land lines and they are NOT good about keeping their cells charged up. She texts me the minute she gets to wherever she's going, and it's a very convenient way for her to check in regularly without imposing on anyone else. What I think every parent has to keep in mind is WHO is in charge of the phone. These kids running up big bills is lack of rules or lack of enforcement...that is the key.

Shanan - posted on 04/03/2010

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My 10 year old has a cell phone that he shares with my 11 year old. I have been giving the boys more freedom ( like walking to friends houses, etc.) and I find it to be a valuable thing to keep track of them. We don't have a house phone, only cell phones, so it is important for the boys to have a phone so we can stay connected. I think it all depends on the circumstances. If she doesn't need one, then don't feel bad making her wait til she is a little older.

Tara - posted on 04/03/2010

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Kids can learn quickly how to manipulate a cell phone like erasing texts and/or videos as well as pictures. How can any parents monitor any of this? Any suggestions?

Marni - posted on 04/03/2010

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Wendy, I totally agree. My daughter doesn't abuse it. She uses it a little bit socially, which has helped her fit into middle school. It has helped me mostly because I can keep tabs on her, especially being a single mother of three, I need to know where my children are and when to pick them up and know that they are safe. It is important that children know it isn't a toy and can be taken away if misused. I do monitor the phone records and who she calls. Since she knows this, she is less inclined to abuse it!

Wendy - posted on 04/03/2010

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I personally think a cellphone is great for both, we got my daughter one at 11,we also put strict rules around it. She doesnt walk around with it tied to her hip and have friends interupting family time and gatherings. She has to use her pocket money from doing house chores to fund her cellphone which is Pay as you go. she didnt use it much at all in the begining, this year (13) she started High School and has gotten more involved in activities so spends more time out of the house, It is good for us as we can get hold of her and keep in touch at all times now, so we both win.



It depends greatly on the child and their situation, I think if you can instal good rules and she is the type of child to follow through with them, then give her a chance you can both benefit from her having one.

Emma - posted on 04/03/2010

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in todays society anything could happen anywhere,i personally think it would be wise to give her one and just limit the useage by only letting her have it when she goes out,then again i could be completely wrong,

Marni - posted on 04/03/2010

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I used to think no, but in today's society it is a must. It doesn't have to have bells and whistles, just the basics. My 13 year old Daughter uses hers to primarily text me and call me to let me know her where abouts. We have another prepaid phone that my 10 year old takes out on bike rides that he has used when he falls and gets hurt or when I want to call him to come home when he has lost track of time. There are companies that even have phones with tracking devices in them. That is going to be my next purchase. If you buy a pre-paid (which we did first) and your child loses it, it isn't much money lost. When they get older we purchased insurance on the phone. I use the cell to call my children more than they use it to call their friends. There are so many after school activities to keep track of, I feel that my children are safer having one. We spend so much money on silly video games what is a couple of bucks on a pre-paid phone and some piece of mind?

Gail - posted on 04/03/2010

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Same conversation just this week. My daughter is very unhappy because as an 11 year old, she is the ONLY friend without a cell phone. However, I reminded her she is never anywhere that there is no phone. School, home, with babysitter, or friends homes. It is the texting, games and applications that are most important to them at this age and having what EVERYONE else has. As hard as it has been, I have kept firm and will only relent when she gets to middle school.

Deronda - posted on 04/03/2010

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We got our 11 year old a cell phone when he went to middle school. He can call or text when he is on the bus, or if he has an afterschool activity and needs a ride home. He does not have internet on his phone, and when we gave it to him, we discussed appropriate use of the phone and the camera. He is very responsible with it.

Michelle - posted on 04/03/2010

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There are lots of reasons to say yes and no to this question. I have 5 stepchildren. We did not get them any cell phones until they were 14 or older. However, I was home during the day (I worked nights) and my ex was home in the evenings. We had a land line and were pretty strict about where our kids went and with whom. Times have changed however. Taking public transit to school these days isn't anywhere as safe as a regular school bus. My ex's 11yo stepdaughter has a phone. She is only allowed to use it on the bus if there is trouble or on the weekends and at home. They check her minutes to see if she is using it during the day at school, and are able to see her text messages. It seems to work for them. I have a 20 yo who can't keep minutes on her pre-paid phone for more than a week.... soo. again, it depends on the child. Teaching them responsibility and self restraint is a good reason to allow a phone. If there is no trust, then there is no reason for a phone. I hope this made sense. I have open relationships with my kids and we discuss anything they want. I believe that age is a number, and how well you believe your children respond to limitations should definitely be a factor on if they are ready for a phone. GOOD LUCK!

Erin - posted on 04/03/2010

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11 is definitely too young. I have told my 12 year old daughter she doesn't need one until she is old enough to drive. I am a 7th grade teacher and I see daily the things 11 and 12 year olds do with their phones. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

Angela - posted on 04/03/2010

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Unless your 11 year old is away from you a lot, I don't see the need. My 13 year old still doesn't have one for precisely that reason. He's a homebody. Why do they need a phone just to sit on the couch next to you and text you?

Angela - posted on 04/03/2010

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Unless your 11 year old is away from you a lot, I don't see the need. My 13 year old still doesn't have one for precisely that reason. He's a homebody. Why do they need a phone just to sit on the couch next to you and text you?

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It depends what you need it for and your life style. I don't have a home phone, so my daughter, who is 12, has a cell phone. I didn't want to pay for cell phones and a home phone - too much money. In all honesty, I used my cell phone more than my home phone. When my daughter gets on the bus in the morning and off the bus in the afternoon, she calls me to let me know she is in our home and safe. I call her all the time on her cell phone when she is at her dad's, so I don't always have to talk to him even though we have a great relationship. As well, if I can't get a hold of her dad or my daughter on his cell phone or at his home, I can call her on her cell and reach her. When she is on a sleep over, I can talk to her anytime or text her.

TIFFANY - posted on 04/03/2010

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HI THERE JUST WANTED TO SAY I THOUGHT IT WAS TO YOUNG TO AND KEPT PUTTING IT OFF TELLING HER WHAT DO U NEED A CELL PHONE FOR AND SHE REALLY NEVER HAD A GOOD ANSWER FOR IT. THEN ONE NIGHT MY HUSBAND AND I WERE TALKING AND HE SAID LETS GET HER ONE LAY DOWN THE RULES AND GO FROM THERE. HE SAID IT ISN'T LIKE WE CAN'T TAKE IT AWAY. SO WE TOLD HER U HAVE TO DO UR CHORES PHONES OFF BY 7:30 PM EVERY NIGHT EVEN WEEKENDS AND SHE DOSENT TAKE IT TO SCHOOL AND WE GET TO LOOK AT IT EVERY DAY TO SEE WHOS CALLED WHAT WAS TEXT. AND WE ALSO TOLD HER THAT IF SHE THINKS SHE CAN BE SNEAKY BY ERASING THINGS THAT WE CAN GET ON THE COMPUTER AND CHECK THROUGH OUR PHONE COMPANY. AND WHEN SHE IS PUNISHED THAT IS THE FIRST THING TO GO. SHE IS 11YRS OLD. SO IF U WANT SO THAT U KNOW U DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT A PLAN JUST GET A PREPAID PHONE AND MAKE UR CHILD EARN THE MONEY FOR THE MINS AND JUST LAY DOWN THE RULES. GOOD LUCK AND IF U STILL DON'T THINK UR CHILD SHOULD HAVE ONE AT 11 I UNDERSTAND CAUSE WHEN I WAS 11 THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS KIDS HAVING CELL PHONES

Angela - posted on 04/03/2010

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my son who is going to be 11 in a couple weeks has a cell phone we just put restrictions on it like when we were kids with the land lines

Gini - posted on 04/03/2010

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I have posted on this before..my now 12 yr old has a phone for emergencies due to no house phone and he babysits his brother. He washed his phone and had to use his money to buy another one off e-bay..this phone goes much better. It is one of the 'kid' phones has a camera but only pictures can be taken no videos. As pasrt of our plan he gets unlimited mutli-media no internet at all. I monitor EVERYTHING on the phone..if he has a message I listen to it as well as all text and pictures (although so far only I have sent him pictures) before he does, when he wants a ringtone I go to a free site and download to my phone then send on to him in a message. I am able to turn off service during school hours if he has an after school activity since he school has a no cell phone policy and has envoked a no tolerance policy for them. He does not have a 200 phone or anything fancy like some I have seen (iPhone for an 8 yr old) it is a 20.00 ebay special and his first one was free with the contract so no major money out of pocket. to add him was 10/month which is cheaper than the pay as you go phones for us. I think as long as they are mature enough and it isnt because so and so has one then go for it.

Leslie - posted on 04/02/2010

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Sure she should have one. I have 2 daughters that got their first phones at 11. I am comfortable that I can reach them if needed. Makes communication easy if they need to be picked up early from something like soccer etc. They use it for talking with their friends but, of course the phone comes with rules. I think all kids should have them for safety as soon as they are responsible to keep track of their phones. make sure you insure the phone though because loss and theft does happen.

Jenn - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter has had a phone for 2 years and she is 11 now. She was at first only allowed to have it for overnights and practices after school... she earned her right to keep the phone then with her on weekends... until she proved herself worthy of such a responsibility. So, I think it depends on the child. Good news is that most companies offer some type of child monitoring on a line being used by a minor. U can actually see their texts, listen to their voicemails, and block any applications u do not want them to access on their phones. Just my opinion... good luck with your decision.

Teresa - posted on 04/02/2010

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thats difficult !!! my kids got them about that age but that was only because they were alone after school till i got home from work. we also dont have a house phone!

Angela - posted on 04/02/2010

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I have 12 and 14 yr olds, they have had phones for at least 4 years.....being a divorced mother it gives the kids the freedom to contact me when they are at their fathers and him when they are home. They understand that they have to use their phone credit wisely, or it runs out...I buy $5 recharge and they share it between them, they would use up to $20 a month. Yes it was more expensive in the beginning but just like a new toy the novelty wears off. I am able to contact my children at all times, so find it a great assett.

Kim - posted on 04/02/2010

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I am of the same opinion you are that 11 is too young. Not just because they are too young, but even a mature 11 year old may not understand the ramifications that go along with having that phone. If you do decided to give the phone, please remind the child not to put their phone number on ANYTHING. Each of our children had to wait until they turned 13 but the youngest still abused her privileges. What do the BM and your husband say about it?

Whitne - posted on 04/02/2010

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I, too, have an 11 year old [son] and he wants one as well. I am not going to get him one until he starts middle school sports in two years. He was with a friend who has a cell phone one weekend & they were receiveing texts from an 11 year old girl that were incredibly inappropriate. **gasp** I just don't think my son is ready to have to make those sort of decisions or try to figure out what some things mean at such a young age. Yes, cell phones can be monitored & should be monitored by parents; however, kids are sneaky enough to know they should probably not let their parents see or read what they do on their phone.

Jamie - posted on 04/02/2010

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I think 11 is too young. My daughter is about to turn 13 and does not have her own phone. My husband and I each have a cell, and I told my daughter that she and I will share mine. She can call or text her friends from my phone, but it stays with me most of the time.

Emma - posted on 04/02/2010

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I think it only makes sense at this age for her to have her own phone for the purposes of getting in touch with her while she is out with friends (at a sleepover, at the mall, at after school functions, etc). Or if you don't have a home phone, a cell phone for each family member is realistic. Other than that, if it's something she wants just because her buddies all have one and she feels the need to fit in, you could always just buy her a cheap pre-paid cell phone and make her use her own allowance to fill the minutes.

Linda - posted on 04/02/2010

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ok its a very difficult decision but overall only give get her the cellphone if you think you can reach her faster that way.. its kind off stressful cause with all that's going on kids want want want and want....I have a 11 year old my self and her step dad got her the phone... it can get very challenging but teach her about her responsablity og getting a cellphone... and yes get her a prepaid that will teach how to control her min....all the best..even make her earn the money to buy her min......take care hope this helps..

Linda - posted on 04/02/2010

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ok its a very difficult decision but overall only give get her the cellphone if you think you can reach her faster that way.. its kind off stressful cause with all that's going on kids want want want and want....I have a 11 year old my self and her step dad got her the phone... it can get very challenging but teach her about her responsablity og getting a cellphone... and yes get her a prepaid that will teach how to control her min....all the best..even make her earn the money to buy her min......take care hope this helps..

Susan - posted on 04/02/2010

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I went with a prepaid cell for all of my school age kids and so far it has been a godsend... when they go out to play with friends in our neighborhood, even if I knew where all their friends lived I don't know who's house they happened to be at so having a cell gives me the option of txting them or calling them to come home or that I need to leave the house for a bit or that I'm on my way home or whatever msg i want to get to them I don't have to hunt them down and since i still have a toddler at home it is nice I don't have to drag him around looking for them.

Veronica - posted on 04/02/2010

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Well My daughter has had a cellphone since she was 9, would I change it if I could maybe. i always knew where she was and could reach her at anytime. She always would misplace the phone on top of that and ebay with 5 dollar phones woeked well. She never got a new phone till she was in 7th grade. She was more responsible then.

So to answer your question is not possible becasue each child is different and grows up at different rates. Do you have a home telephone? We havnt since 2000 I think or maybe earlier. How mature and responsible is your child? Do they listen and understand how long they talk and what types of phones they are calling. Are they on the internet? Do they understand predators who pose as kids to befrined them. Hmmm other issues with my daughter at a young age. She likes to download music and ringers and I would find out on the bill or when they called me. That is expensive. This is also a learning leason for my daughter in her earning a new phone. She had to keep it for 6-9 months without losing it in order to get a new one. Plus all my friends could give me there phones and she tested alot ofphones till she liked the style that fit her. My daughter is not ont he internet alot on her phone but is a texter and mesager. You can also put the phone tracker on thephone and keep tabs without your child being aware you are. Modern technology is awesome. Your child thinks they are getting out and getting freedom and you are aware of their every move. NICE!

Lynda - posted on 04/02/2010

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My 10 year old son has had a cell phone since he was 8. It has been wonderful. I can call on him and check on him when he is outside. It is our way of checking on him to make sure all is well. he is an outside kid. He hates to be indoors, we live on the lake, and he LOVES to fish. This way every 30 minutes I can call and just check to make sure he is fishing. I like to know what my kids are doing at ALL times, but I also know they need their space to grow. I am not saying that a cell phone is for every child, but luckily I have a VERY responsible boy. He has always been very responsible. Only once he forgot and jumped in a pool with his phone in his pocket. Other than that, he knows where his phone is at all times. Other than that once, I have had to replace the phone just recently only because it broke because it was so old, and we switched carriers. We have unlimited talk, and text. He knows not to download anything unless i see it first, and he also knows that I go through his phone every day to make sure he is talking only to his friends on his contacts list that I know who they are.



I hope this helps. My suggestion is that if you do decide to get her a cell phone, do not get her a expensive one. I go to walmart and buy the $30.00 phones. That way if something does happen, I am not out that much money.

Denise - posted on 04/02/2010

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The rule in my house is they only get cell phones in junior high (7th grade) only if they are currently in sports. The reason behind that is: I don't think kids "need" cell phone, they just want a cell phone. At the school my kids go to, there is not any pay phones to call home after practice or games for a ride. If my kids aren't in sports, they don't get a cell phone and once they have a cell phone does not mean they get to keep it, if their grades slip or they aren't in sports they have to hand them over. Do whatever your conscience is telling you? Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/02/2010

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I started my son with a cell phone in 4th grade (age 10) Particulaly when he started to ride the bus to school. It was a Fire Fly from AT&T and it was perfect. We were able to program the phone so it could only call me - my husband and his grandparents. When there have been problems on the bus and he has been able to call us about them - Then we called the school. This year - 5th grade - My son got a new phone and he was able to text me from the bus when he saw my friend in a bad car accident - I was able to get to them quickly when no one else was around to help them. We do worry about the future and see he has more intrest in using it but as long as communication is open - It seems to be under control. I am not sure if I had a daughter I would have approached everything the same but for my son - It was a good thing!

Barbara - posted on 04/02/2010

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For you to say the world isnt that much different than it was when we were children is crazy. I dont know what world your living in, but the world I am living in now is nothing like the world was when I was a kid. I dont let the cell ph take care of my parenting responsibilities. We live in a nice quiet neighborhood and my son and his friends like to go and ride their bikes and scooters, they have boundaries. They cant go through the whole neighborhood because they would be too far away from the house, but there is a circle at the end of our road and big line of trees at the end of it. The kids like to go down there and play. They ride their bikes around play basketball and just play like kids should. When he is down there he takes his phone and he calls me every little bit and then sometimes I call him. It saves me from having to yell at them and disturb my neighbors because I can just call him. Even though I dont see a huge need for kids this age to have a phone, I dont see why they cant either. It does make life a little easier and as one other person posted I think it sometimes can be a safety issue. If they have their own phone in their pocket they can call someone right away if their was a need. I dont think you should financially hurt yourself to get your 11 yr old a ph, but if you can afford it or if they are willing to pay with their allowance then there is no reason they shouldnt be able to have one.

Barbara - posted on 04/02/2010

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Personally I think it is too young and they have no need for one at that age, but I got my 11 yr old son one because everyone else has one and I didnt want him to be left out. He has not abused it at all. I guess now that he has had it for a little while I like him having it. He was at baseball practice and his daddy was there with him, but I wasnt able to go and he called to let me know about the good hit he got. It was nice and sweet and even though I really dont see a need for it, it makes them feel good. No one wants to be the only person without something. It also shows them you have trust in them. I think that goes a long way.

Samantha - posted on 04/01/2010

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I say no. My children (ages 15, 14, 12, &11) are constantly asking for phones, ALL their friends have them...I say 16 is a good age. They are just another toy for children, even a status symbol, not a necessity. There is also the added financial issue. Hope this is helpful.

Shannon - posted on 04/01/2010

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We gave a daughter one last year when she was 11, mainly because we both work and she gets home a little bit before we do. Being a typical child she lost it. She saved up her money and got herself a new one and has learnt to be more careful. It is a pre-paid phone and she knows the only way she will get credit is if she helps out around the house.

Stacy - posted on 03/31/2010

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My fiance and I are thinking of getting my 11 year old a cell phone so that way when she is with her dad she always has a way to get a hold of us, her friends and family. There are many plans out there that are parent friendly check out different carriers to find what might work for you. We have also already laid down rules that she has agreed to. She is getting one of my old phones hooked up until we know she is responsible enough to get a brand new one.

Kimberly - posted on 04/26/2010

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I think 11 years old is too young to have a cell phone but I'm thinking of having one for when my kids are out biking or Boy Scout camping and times like that.

Amanda - posted on 04/20/2010

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My daughter is 11 years old and she has a cell phone. I finally allowed her to have one because she walks quite a distance to school and walks to visit friends in our neighbourhood. It was mostly a safety concern on my part. Her dad got her a used phone that didn't cost much and I paid to activate it. Its on a pay as you go plan and she pays for her own time out of the money she earns from her paper route. I don't think putting an 11 year old on a regular cell plan is a wise decision. They need to learn more responsibility first.

Maikki - posted on 04/14/2010

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i think we as mothers need to get with the times. My 11 year old has a cell phone. She knows her limits and sticks to them. plus with a lot of plans you can track usage online. why not? why do you think they are too young? Every child is different in maturity level. I believe there is nothing wrong with it!

Lydia - posted on 04/13/2010

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My niece wanted a cell phone at 11 years old and my sister made her write a paper on logical reasons why she needed one (no because my friends all have them.) She also has strict rules and sticks by them.



Our oldest just turn 11 years old and we are discussing getting him a cell phone this fall when he goes to middle school but we have told him he has to prove his maturity. Do what he is told, clean up after himself, getting up and ready for school on his own, being responsible for his school work, and the respect. He has clearly shown improvements in all areas, slowly but there. Of course he will also have to continue doing these thing to keep a cell too.

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