Should a 6 year old have a cell phone?
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Tanya - posted on 09/16/2010
No I do not think so , my daughter is nearly 9 she does not have a phone, her friends have mobile phones , I have told her she can have one when she starts comprehensive or in other places you say high school . 6 is far too young to have a phone .
Sondra - posted on 09/16/2010
I do not believe a six year old needs or should have a cell phone! I actually don't think a ten year old needs one either. Cell phone use is just a big business and companies are conning parents into thinking that their kids need to have them. Your child can wait until he's at least 12 or 13 when they may have a more responsible view of things.
Kenyonia - posted on 09/16/2010
Honestly, I would say no, my 7 year old asked for one and I told him no. Its no point. Only if you are a very busy person, and he/she has activities that you are not able to actually be there, would be my only way of letting a child have a cell phone. If it is just for fun, then give them a old cell phone you dont use that is not activated to play with.
Sally - posted on 09/16/2010
I know my daughter is turning 6 and I don't believe that she is ready. I would consider waiting a little longer she has a hard time keeping all her toys where they are suppose to be let alone a cell ph. If she is really wanting one then give allowence and have her pay towards it. This is what we plan on doing we will by the ph ( pre-pay one) but they have to pay towards the mintues. Its not going to be any time soon though for us. Also i guess i take them to school and pick them up. Each one person has there own ideas. Go with your gut on this one.
Durenda - posted on 09/16/2010
no there is no reason for a child of that age to have one. My 9 yr old dosen't have one. I think kids only need phones if they are going to be somewhere without you and may need to contact you, at 5-6 they should not be anywhere like that
Linda - posted on 09/16/2010
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.
Mindy - posted on 09/15/2010
Gotta love the tech age, i would have to say first why does the child want one? Since my three year not only figured out my phone his sisters and his fathers, i have a hard time saying a child of 6 could not figure a phone out. My son can get on the on iiternet by himself. He can start dvd games on his own and any game on the start menu. Now that said if the child just "want" one find out why If the child is in afterschool programs and may be a bit worried after school perhaps a refillable phone easy to disconnect.
Shawna - posted on 09/15/2010
Plain old No. Not only would it probably be lost in the first few hours but ...... Where is a 6 year old going to be that a responsible adult can't see them or yell to them to get their attention?
Tania - posted on 09/15/2010
My son is 9 and very responsible, He's had a phone for over a year now. For the most part it doesn't bother him and can be found in his drawer. We use it mostly for when he has sports/other activities at school or when he's away from us. I am grateful for the fact that he can call me whenever he needs to when he is not with me.
Michelle - posted on 09/14/2010
It would depend on the situation. I debate daily whether my 7 year old should have one. She is responsible but she is young. Depending on the circumstances, there are cell phones that you can only program 4 numbers in for your child's safety. Check www.fireflymobile.com
Idella - posted on 09/14/2010
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
Toni - posted on 09/14/2010
Why on earth would you even consider such a thing. If you have money to waste on something like that donate4 to a charitty. But a phone for an abused woman someting. A six year old doesn't have the skills to maintain a phone. Get real.