Should a 6 year old have a cell phone?

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Rosemary - posted on 09/23/2010

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yes. because you dont know when they'll need it like walking home, being outside away from parents', being at a friends home whom dont have a house phone/ allotted cell phone minutes. and teach the kid the right and wrong way when to use the cell. so definitely yes.

its also good if the kid travels away from you at a store, with a kidnapper. think of the precautions peeps.

Ellen - posted on 09/23/2010

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There should be NO need for a cell phone at age 6. For one, why would kids of that age be without adult supervision and needing to get in touch with their parents to begin with? I dont think so. Out here in California, when our 6 yr olds are out playing or riding bikes in our neighborhood, there is always one of us moms sitting out, keeping an eye out. We have no buses for school, so we drop our young ones off at school and pick them up or have arranged adult pick up. So, in my eyes, there is no reason a 6 year old needs a cell phone, they shouldnt be off on their own yet anyways. Now, my teen, who is 15, when he goes out with his friends, i give him mine.....
So, NO for little kids (they should be supervised anyways and not need one yet) and YES for teens.

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2010

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My 9 year old son has had a cell phone since he was 6. Why you might ask?? Because his SCHOOL caused massive panic and lead me to believe my son was kidnapped. I had arranged for his father to pick our son up that day. His dads cell phone had been broken and I knew that I wouldnt be able to get ahold of him that day. I received a phone call from my sons school, stating that my son never showed up to the after school program and that some man claiming to be my sons brother was there to pick him up. I freaked! So I then called his teacher and she said my boy walked to the parking lot with a man she had never seen before. Well they all know who my sons father is. I immediately leave work and rush to the school. The school called the police, they sent the police over to my sons fathers house, no one was there. The teacher and the after school program gave completely 2 different descriptions of the men and it wasnt the description of my boys dad. 5 hours later after an Amber alert was issued. My boy shows up with his dad. The 4 cops all advised me to get my son a cell phone because we obviously cannot rely on our school system or parents like my sons father to get their acts together and protect our children. My son has not once misused the privilege of having a phone. In fact he has amazed me so much with how responsible he is with it. He doesnt use it to chit chat with friends, its solely used for mine and my husbands purpose and to ensure I know where he is at all times. I have limitations set on his phone. He can only call certain people and 911. I have a locator on it and that gets within 200 feet of his location. So yes I completely agree that a responsible child can have a phone for the right reasons!

Heidi - posted on 09/23/2010

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i don,t think a child at that age should even have a phone i got 2 girls and me eldest only just got a mobile phone and the only reason she got one because she started going 2 secondary school and thats a way i will be able 2 get intouch with her , my eight year old has been asking for a phone and i keep saying no she is 2 young

Joy - posted on 09/23/2010

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No there is no place that a 6 yr old should be without an adult present. The adult should have a phone. My 13yr is getting ready to lose his. It is a privilege not a right. We never had one and we did fine as kids. Hope this helped and God Bless.

Kristie - posted on 09/23/2010

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my 9 and 11 year olds have phones. They have had them for a few years, I have a 4 year old who has severe food allergies and kidney problems. If we end up in the hospital (which has happened several times) I can contact them on their phones and tell them where to go after school and explain the situation to them. It has worked great for us and no one has lost their phone and both are very responsible about it. I keep the phones in a drawer when they are not at school or another activity where I am not with them.

Kimberly - posted on 09/23/2010

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No - I think the proper age for a phone is when they start driving because at any point before then they should be with an adult.

Carla - posted on 09/23/2010

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@Somewhere in hell--I understand your situation. My children weren't chased with BB guns, but I feared for our lives. Took the children moved across the US and didn't let anyone know where I lived. Some people can put on a good front, some people just know the right people. I did what I could to protect my kids. Praying for you!

Crystal - posted on 09/23/2010

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NO! There should be no reason for a 6yr old to need a cell phone. Unless you are a split home with joint custody and you are worried about the child in the other parents care I would think the child would always be with someone you trust which would eliminate the need for a phone. If it is simply an "I want a phone because _____ has one" why would it even be a question?

Kelly - posted on 09/23/2010

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Depends on the situation. My 6 year old has a prepaid cell phone that we bought for only $30 because she has a lot of after school activities and lots of friends houses that she plays at so if I want to know when she is coming home I call her or if she wants to come home she calls me. I don't let her take it to school and I have programmed only the numbers that she can call. She's not like a teenager who texts and calls her friends all day on it but we have a really busy schedule and I want to know where she is at all times. My 6 year old watches her minutes and we approve how much talk time she can have per month so whats the big deal?

Elizabeth - posted on 09/23/2010

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Are you kidding me??? My 6 yr old doesn't even know how to use a phone. She knows our # in case of an emergency, but really? Kids are kids for such a short time. They will spend darn near most of their life with a phone stuck to their ear, texting madly while surfing the net, all while watching TV and listening to their satellite radio. Let them be kids, I know I do mine.

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2010

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We have all kinda rights in the U.S. unfortunately, there are consequences to go along with all those rights. As a mom, it is hard to not be protective of our children even when they are not in our presence. But, it is our job to protect our children as well as the father's job. This is getting way out of the cell phone issue. But, is moving several hours away not an option? It is all in protecting your child! This is not the time to think about to many other people outside the house just your child. GOD gave you this precious angel because he had faith in you to take care of him! Follow through with it if possible. I can not stand a person who torments a child by not stopping. Esp. when the child has asked for you to stop or is scared or crying. My heart goes out to you and your little angel!

Sharlene - posted on 09/23/2010

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A 6 year old should never be left alone where they would need their own cell phone to contact someone. I would think there are plenty of responsible adults or older siblings around her or him that have access to cell phones that she/ he could use. In most instances, 6 year olds that want a cell phone only want it for the games. Buy her a Nintendo and you'll save the monthly charge.

Somewhere In - posted on 09/23/2010

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As I said, I'm in Texas. CPS got involved. The case was determined a "rule out." I was laughed at when I suggest supervised visitation and/or parenting classes.

Somewhere In - posted on 09/23/2010

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As I said, I'm in Texas. CPS got involved. The case was determined a "rule out." I was laughed at when I suggest supervised visitation and/or parenting classes.

Somewhere In - posted on 09/23/2010

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Child protective services was involved. The cell phone was a temporary fix until I thought I was going to get help (supervised visitation, etc.) from CPS and/or the "judge." To no avail. I live in Texas (not a Texan by birth). This is the good 'ol boy state and my son and I were not taken at all seriously about the entire incident, or other incidents. A case was opened. Meanwhile I still, by law, had to send my child with the father. After about 14 weeks of trying to reach the father, the CPS investigator lost her "passion" for the incident and called it a "rule out." Lovely, right? I requested supervised visitation for other reasons prior to this (alcohol) and when I was pretty much laughed at I requested them again after this incident. Again, they chuckled at me. I even requested parenting classes. Again, I was not taken seriously.

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2010

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Thnking outside the box?! If my son got sent to his father's house on designated weekends and was getting chased with a plastic pelleted BB gun then I would have to go to Child Services or the Judge again. A phone for security reasons is fine but the fact that his father is chasing him to shoot him. There needs to be better security than a cellphone. Even if the child is scared and calls home. You have no right to go pick up the child just b/c he is scared. Now if you want the shooting to stop that is where a judge will decide the security issue. I'd like to get a BB gun after his dad!

Karin - posted on 09/23/2010

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In that ca maybe the child does need a cell phone. If MY ex shot my child with a BB gun they might just have to have visitation amended. Some kids have parents who fight and don't allow them to call the other parent. But those are exceptions, not the rule.

Carla - posted on 09/23/2010

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To be quiet honest I do not think any child at any age should have a cell phone until the parent believes they are responsible enough.

Maya - posted on 09/23/2010

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I have a 6 and 8 yr old. I refuse to get them a cell phone but I do let them have our old ones for games. This seems to satisfy their curiosity about having a phone, and they like to carry it in their bag to school and I don't have to worry about them making calls because they don't have service :)

Somewhere In - posted on 09/23/2010

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It seems as if some of you are quick to reply. What about thinking outside the box?
Imagine your child has to spend every 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekend with a parent who might not be, well, parental. Your child comes home from a weekend visit with said parent and discloses to you that the other parent shot your child in the foot with a BB Gun. You check out the foot and there is indeed a welt the size a BB would make. Your child tells you that s/he and the other parent were in the apartment the parent resides in and the parent suggested shooting one another with this BB Gun (plastic BB's, to be fair, but it doesn't really matter). You try to contact the other parent but s/he decides not to return your call or acknowledge your concern. That is when my child was added to my current cell phone plan at no charge and we even received a free cell phone. The only time the phone is turned on and with my child is when my child is with the dad. My child was in fear when the father chased my child around until he finally shot my child. Imagine the fear... could you? So indeed, there are times when a six-year-old should have a cell phone.

Rhonda - posted on 09/23/2010

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I must say that I got my daughter a phone at age 6 ONLY because I allowed her to fly alone to my parents house. I was on pins and needles awaiting her landing and It made me feel better to know that I could call her immediately. Also, it turned out to be a good thing because my mother had been held up getting thru security and wasn't at the gate as my daughter landed. She still has the phone (3 yrs later) but only now is she showing a bit of interest in the fact that she has one. It has, however, come in handy to have an extra phone when one of ours is on the blink, or when we have family come to the States from Ireland.

Karin - posted on 09/23/2010

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My 7 year old wants one and I say NO. I do not leave her unsupervised so why would she need one???

Dawn - posted on 09/23/2010

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No way, 6 is just too young for that kind of responsabiliy and a waste of money.

Scottica - posted on 09/23/2010

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we live over seas and he plays outside at the parks. SO i tell him the number to dial 112 to contact police or something incase someone get hurts also. even if its a non reg. prepaid phone.he cant dial out or in as of now. I do plan on activiting it and NOT putting mins on it. just so ican call also

Jennifer - posted on 09/23/2010

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Reading only some of the replys...one of them "did we have them at 6?" Well, when I was 6 you were able to keep your windows and doors unlocked. You were able to leave your purse in the car. Years have changed and people have gone crazier! As in responsibility, a 6 year old is just not THAT responsible to the fact of the item itself for ex. loosing it or laying it on the floor and it getting stepped on. As in the responisiblity of misusing the phone and its programs, that can all be locked down. My son is 11 and he bought his own phone at 8. He had been begging and we prayed about it. We told him he would have to pay for it himself and we would take care of the monthly bill. He has been VERY responsible. He is not allowed to text, internet, buy games, etc. I thought the phone would be something just for him to show off so, I bought him a NICE leather case to wear on his belt. He NEVER wore it and walked out of the store with his phone in his pocket. That is where it stays and I still have the leather case. Almost 4 years later. We are considering getting my now 9 year old daughter one for security reasons only. You want to talk about responsibility. My daughter has none. We would have to purchase hers for the fact that she chooses not to earn her own money in my sons yard business. So therefore, my husband and I will pick the one we want her to have and not the one that she would probably buy. Put insurance on it and LAY down some laws, I expect to have NO problems. If I get slack from her I am not going to take the phone away b/c that deletes the purpose of us even buying it. There will be other consequences. But, a 6 year old with a phone, I just can't comprehend it. A 6 year old is not going to be left alone without an adult that they would not know period! Older children are involved in so much extra activities It's nice to be able to keep intouch with them!

Deborah - posted on 09/23/2010

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i have a grandaughter who lives in another state this is my only communication to her everyday so we can talk i think if the situation needs it but other than something that necessary no i would not let a child have a phone but we also control what number were added and how it is used

Scottica - posted on 09/23/2010

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my 7 yr old has a phone that is not active atm.We mainly use the alarm clock to know when to come home

Michelle - posted on 09/23/2010

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Studies have shown that cell phone use in young children is linked to cancer. No child that young should have a cell phone. There should always be an adult with parental contact information on hand if the child is away from their parents.

Jodi - posted on 09/23/2010

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NO! What would a 6 year old need a phone for? My 13 and 11 year olds don't have one either. I don't think they need one yet and don't understand why so many young kids have them now.

Tara - posted on 09/23/2010

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Absolutely Not!! My nine year old won't even get one until he's at least in middle school and needs one at after school activities! What would a 6 year old do with a phone?!!

Michelle - posted on 09/23/2010

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my 7yr old had one when we were stateside...it was one of those fireflies (I think thats it) there were 3 buttons one for me one for dad and one for 911...I loved it..He was only allowed to carry it if he was away from my husband and I. it worked great when he was over at a friends house I could jst call him up or he could call me..anytime! However if he wants a cell phone to chat it up with friends he will definitly be waiting a while.

Diana - posted on 09/23/2010

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The world is a different place from when we grew up. I send my 8 yr old to school with a firefly phone in her bookbag. It is a prepay phone that has parental locks so you can disable texting, games, and the child can only call the #'s you program into it. For an anxious child or a child who is in aftercare I think this is a great thing to have. We now have all these resources available to us... so why not use them.

Tammy - posted on 09/23/2010

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No way. People do not realize just how much radiation cellphones give off. Its bad enough for an adult but a child has a highly sensitive body & it directly affects the brain. The eardrum is the only tiny thin barrier between the ear and the brain. The media doesnt' talk about all the brain tumor's that are being discovered that the neurologist said are ONLY CAUSED BY CELL PHONE RADIATION. The main reason the cellphone company's get away with it, is because it don't develop overnite....it takes several years.
Here are a few articles, please take the time to read/listen to them for not only children but adults.
http://products.mercola.com/blue-tube-he...
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mobile-ph...
Thanks

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My personal opinion would be 'no'.

I cannot yet see how a child would need one, or why they would be in a situation where they might need one. Normally a child this age would still be chaperoned, would have to make playdates in advance (through the parents) and would not be running around too far from home.

Maybe if a child lives in a totally different context from the kind I'm used to, it could be a question. But from my experience and conviction, my answer would be no.

Kisa - posted on 09/23/2010

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Fifth grade or middle school could be a good time to get a cheap prepaid phone for them to call for a ride. This is usually the time that they advenure off to do extra activities at school and with friends. I brought a cheap prepaid phone for my son in fifth grade when he went on a school trip out of the state I only out one number in the phone and he use it for mommy emergencies only for two years then I got him a regular phone because middle school got more exspensive because now he have "girl friends so he say"

Kisa - posted on 09/23/2010

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No I think six thru 10 year old is too young. It is a wasted of money because the child is usually always with an adult at that age. Their going to lose it and every other kid is going to play with it .

T - posted on 09/23/2010

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My daughter has had one since she was 5. Her father and I did not have the best of relationships so it served as a means of direct contact for him/her and me/her when she was with him. It is programmable so I control who she can call and who can call her. It has not posed a problem. She has not lost it since having it. I doubt seriously I would have purchased it if the underlying circumstances were different, but I can say, I have not regretted my decision. Her father and I have a better relationship now, but the phone still serves its purpose of direct line of communication. Her father and I now only have to speak to eacher when necessary and that has led to less friction.

Valerie - posted on 09/23/2010

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I recently relocated out of state. My 6 y/o was requesting daily to call family back in MI. I decided to purchase her a minute phone and program the numbers of family members she frequently spoke to. I keep the phone until she asks to call. Everyone circumstance is different. For us buying a cell phone helped my daughter with separation from love ones.

Jane - posted on 09/22/2010

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At the age of 6 i think that thats too young to have a cell. My daughter just got hers and she is 10 years old. the only time she has it is when she comes home from school and dose her homework and then if she wants to go out and play with her friends. We gave her my old cell with a limit on the cell. Its only so we can get ahold of her or if something happens she can call us. What would a 6 year old do with a cell???? I dont think he/she understands the concept of it. So NO a 6 year old should not have one yet. Give ur child some time and u will see when he/she is ready to have one but only for emercy times like we do. Thats my best addvice to u.

Cheryl - posted on 09/22/2010

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I have taught kids who have cell phones, and almost every one of them lost or broke the phone. One child had gone through 3 phones within months and the parents kept buying them. He never used it. Kids tell their parents that they will keep them in the backpack, but they end up on the playground getting dropped or passed to friends. It would make me very uncomfortable as a parent for my child to have a phone to use when I am not around to hear the conversation. At school, they can use the phone in the office if they need to call you, and aside from parents, who else should they be calling?

Liz - posted on 09/22/2010

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No, I do not. My daughter father said he was getting her one and I said it was a bad idea. If she wants to use the phone, she can ask. Depending on the person I let her call.

Mandi - posted on 09/22/2010

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I believe it depends on the situation they are in. For instance I got my daughter one when she was 4 1/2 because her father came into her life for the first time and went through the court to get visitation. He lived 6 hours away at the time and there were only a few local visits before he was allotted weekends at his house and I didn't want her to be that far away with a man a barely knew anymore without being able to get ahold of me whenever she needed to. She is now 9 and basically only gets it when she asks me to call a specific person I ok or if she is going to be out of my care.

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