is 12 years old too young for a cell phone?

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Barbilee - posted on 09/17/2009

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YES. 12 is too young for a cell phone. Kids DO NOT need to have a cell phone on their person. Late from gymnastics, give me a break...doesn't the facility have a phone? Maybe one of the other parents has a phone? My goodness...this "gott ahve more stuff" philosophy of our society is so harmful to our environment. Please watch www.TheStoryofStuff.com with your daughter...maybe then she won't even ask.

PS you may want to check out the new studies on radiation and BRAIN CANCER from cell phone use. Believe it or not, it is real. http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/he...

Barbilee
Family Wellness Coach

Paula - posted on 04/12/2012

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Yes I think it's fine I got her a cell phone on her 12th birthday as for parental controls I have none i don't "snoop" either.

Renee - posted on 09/17/2009

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I don't think it'to young. My 8 year old has one and does very well with it. Plus it keeps her off mine, initally I got it for her because last year she would walk to my mom's house after school. It;s only 1 block though. Everyone told me she was to young but really it depends on the maturity of the child.

Shauntae - posted on 09/17/2009

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I think it all depends on you and your child. Some kids can handle the responsibility, while others just can not. So if you think a phone is some thing your 12 year needs and can handle it is okay. but like the other mom said rules are a must because a phone can be used for safety but can be unsafe as well. Good luck with your decision.

NIKKI - posted on 09/17/2009

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NO. NOT IN THIS WORLD TODAY. DEPENDING ON IF YOU ARE GETTING THE PHONE FOR SAFTY REASONS, OR LUXURY. EITHER WAY YOU HAVE TO SET STANDARDS AS TO THE PURPOSE OF THE PHONE. AND, MAKE SURE THEY ARE BEING RESPONSIBLE TOWARDS THE PHONE PLAN GUIDELINES. AND THAT THEY RESPECT THE RULES OF A CELLULAR PHONE AT THEIR SCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM, CHURCH, ETC,.

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My kids are older,but it seems that ,once you go cellular,there's no going back. Then there's the money issue. If you child's not responsible,it can be pricey. We have a plan with unlimited texting,because we could not stop our son from texting,and at 10,000 text messages a month,a plan is cheaper than per word.We got rid of the house phone to save money,but like I said,there's no turning back. think it through VERYcarefully. Do not be pressured.

Amanda - posted on 09/17/2009

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it depends on the situation cells phones at that young of an age should be used for ememgencys so it depends my 11 year old cousion has one because we live in new york city and she need to take the city bus to school not the school bus so her parents got her one to call when she gets on and off the bus but if you are always with your child and your child is always well supervised there is no real rasion why they would need one

Dana - posted on 09/17/2009

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I soooo agree with Shauntae! I just got my 11yr old a cell phone. She will be 12 in Feb. she has been asking for one for over a year now.. lol she just has not shown me she can handle the responsibility that comes with having one... until recent. My stepdaughter turned 12 in Aug.. she has had a cell phone for over a year... she is pretty responsible with it.. although she has had it taken away a few times for being disobediant with it.. both my 10 and 9 year olds want one... no.. not now..LOL Good luck with whatever you decide!!

Phatima - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter is 9 years and old and when she turned 7 her father demanded that she gets one. For safety reasons. She knows that she isn't allowed to play with it during class hours, or during recess! When they are running a little over in their gymnastics class she'll call and tell me. It's a plus!! With the world we live in today you cant be too sure!!!

Sandra - posted on 09/17/2009

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My daughter is 13 and got a cell phone last year. For the most part it has been very useful with her checking in with me when she is out. The rules do need to be gone over very clearly though because I did discover that while I have set rules about when it can and can not be used alot of her friends don't seem to. I do check her entire bill every month to be sure that she is not responding to friends texting her after she is supposed to be in bed and that it isn't used while at school.

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