Should a 6 year old have a cell phone?

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Idella - posted on 09/14/2010

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my ten year old has one. it is programmed to recieve and send calls to the people i choose and she doesnt know the password. she has had it almost two years. it has save me from lots of heartache. once she was walking home from the playground with a group of friends( all her friends are in junior high), she called to tell me about that man who sat in the parking lot and watched them play and who was now following behind them in his car real slow. needless to say in the two minutes it took me to run down to the playground i also called the police. i got their just in time that when she yelled mommy and the guy whose car was right next to them spend off. i still managed to get his plate number as he spend pass. the cops later informed me they talked to the owner of the car and it had been reported stolen. i will always wonder what would of happened if she wasnt able to call me. could he had snatched one of then in the 1 1/2 blocks it takes to get back home......i never want to know

Linda - posted on 09/16/2010

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Every child is different and every family situation is different...is there a NEED for a cell phone? Does the child spend a lot of time at friend's homes or at extra-curricular activities? Does the child have a medical condition that may warrant having a "constant connection" to mom and dad? Is the child responsible enough to follow the rules and care for the phone? I think that this question can only be answered by the parents of the 6 year old in question.

My 10 year old has a phone, but he also has a severe insect allergy. Rather than keeping him in the house and denying him bike rides and other outings with friends, we got him a phone to keep in the pack that he carries his allergy kit in. We all feel better knowing that he, or whomever he is with, can call us immediately if there is an emergency. It's also been a "safety net" for him when visiting friend's houses. He can keep in touch (usually thru texting) with us and can let us know if he wants/needs to come home for any reason.

Our 7 year old does not have a phone, nor does he need one at this point. I don't feel that he's responsible enough at this age to take care of it and use it properly. Like I said though, different kids! His older brother could have easily handled a phone at age 6 or 7.

Q - posted on 09/17/2012

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Sorry I am not sure I am in complete agreement with a majority of the comments, I say it depends.



1 in 4 homes does not have a landline these days. Which means no 911 calling. I for instance have been using Skype for all calls for the past 5 years in my home. So, unless my 6 year old knows how to use my iPhone or Android phone to dial out in case, I slip and fall, have an intruder in the house (where I might be fighting them off) or other emergency (e.g. car accident).... I have made a case for myself to get my 6 year old a phone that is simple to use to call granny, mom, dad, sibling or 911 (with a designated emergency line). It's not about leaving your kid at home.



I can think of one instance where a friend was late to pickup their kid from the bus stop ((they were at home but, the child was driven back to school after the bus driver waited 10 minutes), a cell for child to call home would have helped in that situation.



yes - they may be a little young, but controlled devices (i.e. no text, no apps, no internet and restricted numbers) will teach them to use tech responsibly and allow it to aid them in emergencies. Just my 2 cents to the discussion (don't flame me for my opinion)... thanks!

Lisa - posted on 09/16/2010

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There are reasons that these people are not taking into account. My partner is a lawyer and many of his clients kids carry Firefly cell phones with unlimited plans. The phones have just a few numbers programed into them and that is it. there are no numbers to dial other phones beside those programmed in. When you are from a divorced family or your kids spend weekend with Grandma or something these are really awesome because you can put these phones on your plan program them so that only mom dad grandparents and emergency numbers are available then send them out so that they can always call the person they aren't with. It becomes far more useful than you could ever imagine.

Anna - posted on 05/16/2012

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My dad bought my daughter one when she was 5. I didn't like the idea at first but she is going on 9 now and when she is at a friends she is able to call me when she needs to or I can call her. Also if she is walking home from school she can call me so that I know. Yes many of you are against it, and I was also at first, but now I feel better that she does and I get upset at her for not keeping it charged all the time.

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Bree - posted on 08/08/2014

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I agree with Vanessa. My daughter is turning six and knows how to use my blackberry just as well as I do. I'm only considering getting her one for safety reasons. I couldn't prove it in court, but her father has a drinking problem and unfortunately he drives in this condition on a regular basis. I was able to get it in the paperwork that neither one of us is to drink and drive or drink alcohol in her presence. Even though I don't drink, I had to do it this way because I couldn't prove it and didn't have enough money to have a test administered. Besides, he's pretty intelligent when it comes to things like that and I was afraid he would find a way to beat it. So I got custody of her and he has unsupervised visitation. And he often takes her to another state (over 5 hours away) to visit his mother (her grandmother). Anyways, to make a long story short, for her protection, I've taught her the signs to look for in order to see if her dad has had too much to drink. Not to bad mouth her father or anything, but I'm concerned for her safety. She's a bright girl and she understands. I would like for her to be able to call me if he gets to that point before he puts her in a vehicle. So that is why I want to get my six year old a phone. For her safety. I will of course get a cheap one with only a few numbers programmed. There will be no internet, no texting, and no games. And she would only have it when she's at her fathers and when she goes out of town with him.

Vanessa - posted on 06/17/2014

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I think for many modern families, it is needed.

Granted, the average middle class, two parent, I pick my kid up every day from school family might not need it. The divorced, my kid walks to school alone family might. I love that my kid can call me when scared, lonely, upset, worried, or just to hear my voice. This is a privilege that many married couples don't realize some divorced parents don't have.

Kaya - posted on 04/30/2014

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I believe that 6 is too young trust me I'm a mother of 4 and 0 of them have a cell phone. I think it's only right if they have iPods at that age, a cell phone should be at least 12/13 and up there's no need for a cell phone at that age, u want your child to go play outside have fun spend some time with you not staying on there cell phones for 4 hours straight. They will turn into social networking children. They need to be kids.. I can see an iPod but definitely not a cell phone at that age.

Chickengocluck17 - posted on 04/19/2014

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Honestly Im humbled...I would normally have opposed this but I find myself in desperate need to find a safe reliable progammable and simple working cell phone for my 6 year old...I am not able to get in touch with my son when he is visiting his father. I've tried reminding him to call but well he's 6 and any attempt to text a reminder to his father or grandmother -to just either please answer my next call because its to say goodnight or to ask them to have him call me in the evening when its convienint but obviously before he's asleep- go unanswered for the majority...I'm not saying its on purpose people get busy kids fall asleep I get it its life..but texting at 9:30 at night saying sorry he's asleep when the previous message is - were eating dinner I'll have him call afterwards- well just hurts my feelings a bit accidental or not..so sorry to the point whaats the best phone? Something Ican put the obvious fire police 911 but just me his father and say bboth sets of grandparents on and that's all he can call out and that all that can call in..he is responsible for his age I undstand every child assumes various responsibilities at different ages and I'm a little sad to say hes mature enough to have emergency numbers on his phone and not dial unless needed he learned his lesson bout little boy who dials 911 and has an officer gently remind the pie eyed 3 year old how serious it is to call 911if they're not an emergancy...having to eat Brussels sprouts isn't one..funny he loves them now...WOW sorry rambling....watched all of my episodes....#addicted to Netflix/Hulu+......again off topic Please suggestions on phone its hard to sleep w. out hearing goodnight mommy..even thru a received...thanks ahead for all of your brilliant suggestions....I have straight talk phone but I don't mind however I have to pay for this thing so any suggestions asap please

Ebony - posted on 06/18/2013

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I can't speak for everyone's kid but my kid has been using my MacBook since he was 3. At 6 he navigates around my iPad better than I do. I will get him a basic cell with only my number and his dads number for when he is at a sitters or away from home. There's no need for it in school. Its 2013 these kids are very smart, I believe it won't hurt them.

Bekah - posted on 09/19/2012

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My son was 8 when he got his first cell phone. I will likely get my daughter one when she is 6 or 7.

I think that it depends on your situation. There are devices made for young kids. It is great when something happens (car breaks down, I run late at work, I just wanna check to see he is doing okay at a friends house, or when he is at a friends house and has a nightmare at four in the morning and wants to come home but doesn't want to wake the whole house).

User - posted on 09/18/2012

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uummmmmm........you shoud wait until they can be responsible.like give her a key in about 2 years and see if she can handle that.if she can handle the the tiny key,im sure she can handle a phone.its okay for her to play games on it but get a plan where she call and text certain people at certain times.like if she rides the bus turn it on for about 30 minutes while she rides the bus then turn it off say about 8:00.there are plans like this across AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Only if u intend to leave him unattended for a short period of time , ie emergancies otherwise i wouldnt encourage it

Lori - posted on 06/01/2012

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In my opinion....no. We gave our son one for his birthday when he was 12 and it's only activated when he has the money to pay for "pay as you go" so it's mainly used for music at the moment. We have an 8 year old to and she is definitely not ready for one...she has already misplaced her dsi we bought her (second hand thank God!) so she is not responsible enough to have a cell phone at this stage. I would wait until your daughter is in the double digits (age-wise) before you think about getting her one. But that's just me. Good luck mama!

Sylvia - posted on 05/29/2012

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Easy no not at all ...... A child needs a phone like a fish needs a bike ... At what time would you be leavening them not under adult supervision they are 6 ,,,, wow what a question they should bewithmum dad school so on not romping the streets on there own to need a phone ,,,, mum of 11

Sherri - posted on 05/28/2012

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If a 6yr old is staying home alone after school the parents should be brought up on charges Ruth. That is actually against the law in many states.

Jeanette - posted on 05/26/2012

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No,A kid that young shouldn't even know how to work a cellphone and who are they going to really call at that age?

Ruth - posted on 05/26/2012

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No, who is your 6 yr old going to call? Your child shouldn't need a cell phone unless they are a latch key kid at the age of 12.

Cyndel - posted on 05/25/2012

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I plan on having a "kids" Phone that they will share and will only be given to them if they are going to be away from me for any length of time, It will be turned off and in my room the rest of the time.
I don't think kids should have a phone of their very own until they are old enough for a job and be able to pay their own bill, or for some reason they are gone from me often and for long periods, then they would have the most basic phone possible, calling and Maybe txting only, no internet access and perhaps not even pictures if there is such a phone anymore.

Kristin - posted on 05/23/2012

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I definately do not think 6 year olds need to have cell phones. My 6 year old cant even take care of his DS and Wii so i know he is definately not responsible enough for a cell phone, My oldest son did not get his own cell phone until he was 13 and he only got one because I needed to know where he was at all times

Valerie - posted on 05/23/2012

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@ Angela, I was referring to a specific post not too far down about how someone stated their child was "accidentally" left alone at home and the child informed the parents they needed a cell phone because of this. I didn't mean it as an overall statement of most people.. please don't take what I wrote wrong-- I probably should have referenced the specific post so it didn't sound so generalized. I agree a phone can be used appropriately and can be a VERY useful tool.. I just don't think a 6 year old needs those types of tools yet... only IMO, and in my own personal experience with my own kids using the phones very inappropriately, and seeing their friends do the same.. Peace!

Ann - posted on 05/22/2012

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No but then I am probably in the minority that think kids shouldnt have one until they are at least 14 and then only for going out purposes. And my children wont either. Ive seen way too much phone and cyberbullying from my nieces. :)

Angela - posted on 05/18/2012

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Mellisa, yeah they can lose them so buy a cheap one, I have gotten them as little as 20 bucks on sale.
I still say technology esp. cell phones have saved lives and helped people.
I am not worried that my child will be left alone accidently, I am more worried she will be in harms way or lost or as in one real life situation a teacher had a heart attack and a kid called 911. And another time a kids called 911 when a child came in with a gun and started to want to kill people. The world has DANGER, can't control it but you can do things like give tools to help. Giving a child a cell phone has nothing to do with parenting skills and I think thath is harsh judgment and much assumptions.
As I stated you can get a phone and program it to only call certain numbers, etc. When my older kids where in middle school I wanted to give them a phone to take to school and the school at the time would not allow them. I thought it was stupid. Like they can turn the ringer off and not use them during class time sure but I am glad now most schools allow them and realize it is just a technology tool that can be useful.

Valerie - posted on 05/18/2012

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NO WAY!!!!! For those that are worried that they might be left alone accidentally.. maybe you should check out your parenting skills and brush up on those.. I don't think a 12 year old needs one either..... they may WANT one.. but they certainly do not NEED one...

Mellisa - posted on 05/18/2012

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I have been dealing with this question for a few days now. My son is seven and wants to ride all around our housing addition. Its a safe neighbor hood with tons of kids around plus only one way in and out. I would feel better if he had one so if I wanted to check up on him I could just call. He knows he is not allowed into any ones house unless I or his dad has meet with them and he has told people this before. Im just not sure if getting him one would be good because he did have one for an alarm to make sure he checks in every 30 minutes but he has lost it :( im just totally lost on this sometimes I feel it is ok but other times I dont ????

Angela - posted on 05/17/2012

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I did not read through all the pages of post... too many. However I would like to chime in.
My first reaction was NO,why would a kid age that age need a cell? But I then thought about why.
We live in a day where technology is used for many things not just social networking and entertainment. Look at the ER service in automobiles for instance. Alarm systems that call ER services etc.
You can buy a cheap simlock free phone, and have no service (it just needs power) and it will call 911.
Or you can buy a cheap simlock phone and program it all on your computer of what calls can be called, blocked, and see all the activity. I did this for my daughter when she was 13 years old.
With older children I would monitor the phone just as I would the computer.
With younger children I would program Mom, Dad, ER service like 911 in the states, Grandparents anyone they could call if they needed help. I would show them how to use it and try hard to explain it is not a play thing but for if they need help.
I know many may think kids will play with it , lose it and yes some will. But my 4 year old has to wear an medical alert bracelet that she at first kept taking off and using it like a play thing. We patiently explained it was dangerous for her to do so , she could get really sick and it was not a toy. After a few months she got it and it stays on. If anyone touches it she says don't touch it, dangerous!
So yes I think you can use a cell phone for a young child or older one with supervision . For older children who I see walking around with expensive phones I think...crazy. I always bought my kids a cheap phone simlock free nothing fancy. Buy a contract with minutes only off the Internet, or a prepay they can use allowance or job to pay for or you pay for and if they use all the minutes so be it , it can still call ER services like 911. I told my older kids if they wanted anything else like an Iphone that they could get a job and pay for it themselves.

Karleena - posted on 05/15/2012

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I would give a firefly, as if in a situation theres a panic button, and no number pad only programmed numbers. And only if child had to walk home or was alone for any amount of time.

Threenorns - posted on 05/15/2012

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why not? i'll be upgrading my LG Optimus touch-screen soon and when i do, this one's going to my 5yr old. she uses it better than i do!

Cara - posted on 05/15/2012

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Mom 8 yr old has been asking the same thing. Cell phones can be very useful in some situations. I would get the kind that you can control who dials in and out. Use for emergencies only or to notify you when they get somewhere and when they leave. I know that is not what he/she wants but at least it's a compomise. However I think 6 is a litte to young maybe 8 and up and I only say that becasue they become more independant at that age with sleep overs and play dates etc. Try adn delay saying save you rmoney to get one. That could take a little while for kids to do.

Kelly - posted on 05/15/2012

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No,what if they break it then it will never be fixed what is he going to use it for?Nothing if he wants to play games give him a iPod.He can't text or anything.

Teresa - posted on 05/14/2012

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Idella that was a scary story. My son has been alone only once and it was by accident here at our home. I was so freaked when I found out because ANTHING couldv'e happened, but when even HE jumped up and said, "I need a phone." after it happened, I knew what he meant. He was alon for awhile for the first time and although he was at home and in a familiar place even HE knew he needed a phone for an emergency. BTW It has NOT happened again.

Teresa - posted on 05/14/2012

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It depends on the six year old. Does the six year old need it for safety reasons? Just to talk or text the child doesn't need it, for safety reasons maybe it needs to be considered.

Brooke - posted on 05/14/2012

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No.......no and heck no!

My advice is keep the cell phone out of their hands as long as possible.

Meredith - posted on 05/14/2012

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depends on the circumstances of where you are really. generally I would say no as it is such a grown up thing to have but then again this world of us isnt safe. Really you have decided if it is realy relevant and how often and where will she be when you are not with her.

Chrissy - posted on 05/13/2012

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It depends on the child but my son has had one since he was 4-5. Anytime that he is not with me he has it. If he goes down the street to play with his friends and he is out of site. He has it. If he goes to his one friends house who I have a hard time contacting...he has it. And he knows when mom calls he better answer. He is very mature for his age and I trust him but, I do it for safety issues.

Teresa - posted on 05/12/2012

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Six is a little young , for my child. He's eight now and I am thinking of getting one for him, for the house. my husband and I have cell phones and he knows how to use them. We don't have a house phone , and my mother dropped him off after school one day, thinking my husband was home. No one was until I got home and he was in the living room playing. The first thing he said was, " I need a phone. Daddy is NOT here." I feel he is old enough for a phone of limited capabilties, for the house. But at six? No, he was ready or had a need for his own.

Jennifer - posted on 05/12/2012

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Absolutely not. Far too young. They grow up, as it is, too quickly. Six years old is still tiny. Apart from probably running up a constant bill, please don't give in to pressure about a cell phone. It can lead to bullying and all manner of unsavoury things.

Tracy - posted on 05/11/2012

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i have a 6 year old daughter and theres no way id get her a mobile phone i think its far to young!

Debbie - posted on 05/10/2012

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Amen ! We got by and still do without it also, but I have noticed there are less payphones anymore.

Melissa - posted on 05/10/2012

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No child needs a cell phone unless they are going to be without an adult around. I would assume that at 6 years old your child is always in the care of someone older and more responsible.

Verona - posted on 05/10/2012

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Why would a 6 year old NEED a cell phone? What would the purpose be? I mean at that age they really wouldn't be anywhere unsupervised...if it's sports then you'd be at practice with them, right? At school, they don't need one. After school, if they are in after school care they don't need one. There is no real purpose for them to have one, you can give them a play one and teach them how to dial, work on numbers, etc. A real one would only give you another bill, and give them unnecessary responsibility they aren't ready for.

Debbie - posted on 05/08/2012

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I am a older mom with a 11 1/2 yr. old and 8 yr.old. I am about to be a single mom also. I owned a cell phone briefly 10 yrs ago and have survived. There are times I would like one when I am driving greater distance, but have always managed to find a phone when needed. I really cannot afford to add another bill now. My 11 1/2 daughter would like to know when she will get a phone one day. I always let her know not until mommy gets one first...lol. I let her know that on her 18th birthday after she graduates she will get a phone. She was thrilled. I wonder what you have to get kids who have almost everything so early on. I know you can get them cheap, but I like that my children know how to communicate socially with others face to face.

Vivienne - posted on 05/08/2012

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Definitely not!! It is not necessary and they certainly do not need one until they are going places on their own and need it as a safety issue only. They can communicate with their friends by other methods...

Ofelia - posted on 04/21/2012

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i was thinking of buying my 6 yr a cell phone is it a bad idea... The reason i what to buy it for him there a boy at school that is always hitting my son...his much older his 9...his parents are not going to do a thing about it....so when it happens again he can call me

Somewhere In - posted on 11/18/2011

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I would and did. My son has had his cell phone for 22 months to bring with him when he visits his father who thinks it is fun to shoot bb's at his son (6 years old at the time) and drive while drunk. Damn straight he gets the phone.

Jocelyn - posted on 11/18/2011

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No...they are with someone who has a phone at all times. At that age the only reason would be to play games, I would think!!!

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