Cell Phones

Debbie - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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At what age are kids getting cell phones these days? We are having a hard time with my step-daughter whose mother thinks it is fine for a 6 1/2 yr old to have one. Then when she is with us, she wants to do nothing but play and be on the phone. My husband and I both feel 61/2 is too young and not needed in any way. We both feel that 13 yrs old, at the earliest, is more reasonable. Comments please.

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Sherri - posted on 08/07/2012

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Not until high school. Positively no reason before then in my opinion as no child younger than that should be without adult supervision.

S. - posted on 08/07/2012

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I got my daughter a bog standard cheap one at 11 just before she started high school so I knew were she was and was ok on the walk to and from school. it has given me reassurance and peice of mind that I can contact her and she can contact me when need be. She is 13 now and saved her xmas money last year to get a better one and she saves her pocket money to get credit. If she didnt have a phone I'd still be making her play in the garden lol.
I think at 6,1/2 the novelty will soon wear off and she'll loose it, but then thinking about it on the other hand if my daughter was regularly staying out over night (As i assume your step daughter stay's at your's) then I would maybe give her a old one so I could contact her depending on how my relationship was with the ex.

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Amy - posted on 08/07/2012

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I don't know at what age I will buy my kids a cell phone of their own, currently they are 6 and 2 1/2. We don't have a home phone so the need will probably be sooner then some but again we haven't made the determination of when it's appropriate. I will say though that both of my kids play on my phone. My son plays games, and my daughter looks at pictures, and they both watch shows on youtube when I need them to be entertained. Do they have access to it 24/7 no, but I do let both of them use it at one point during the day.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/07/2012

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For us, the decision to give a phone coincided with the discovery that pay phones do not exist any more.

**Copied from your other thread, JIK, to avoid confusion:**

Ours are all prepaid phones, no plan, no overages of minutes, no problems. We still have the same technology as the high priced "contract" companies, without the high bills, and headaches.

That being said, not before they are allowed to go out and about on their own. If you allow your child to bike all over town at the age of 8, then that is a good age. If you wait until they are older, then whenever they get a little more freedom is a good age.

I cannot see the necessity of a 5-7 yo having one, as (in most cases) they would never be in a situation where an adult wouldn't be immediately present, or at the very least, close enough that they could use that phone.

Debbie - posted on 08/07/2012

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Exactly our feelings. Till they are responsible (semi). His ex ( the mother) is the exact opposite of our views. Give the kids EVERYTHING and anything they want, like buying their love. It's a constant battle and then my husband, their father, is always the bad guy.

Dove - posted on 08/07/2012

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You have two identical posts, so should probably lock one to avoid confusion. I have c&p'ed my response from the other post, so that I'm 'covered' no matter which one gets locked. ;)

My niece got one just a little while ago. She's almost 8. My question is WHY? She's always either with her parents, grandparents, or at school. I can not fathom a single reason this kid needs one. She has a cheap phone with a cheap plan, but still... WHY? ;)

My oldest got one (basic cheap plan and cheap phone... does nothing, but call and text.. NO games and NO internet) right before starting middle school because twice a week she has to walk and meet me somewhere instead of riding the bus straight home. It became a need for US at that point, so we could communicate if I am running late (happened just yesterday).

Lacye - posted on 08/07/2012

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My daughter is not getting one until she is old enough to get a job and pay for it herself. Any time before then, nope. Too young. And even then there will be some restrictions on phone use.

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