My six year old asked us for a cell phone, apparently he must have seen someone in his school with one. Not that I approve this, but has anyone heard of a child cell phone just for emergency purposes? I thought at one point I saw something like this...

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Carla - posted on 12/21/2008

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Wow! I love this circle of mom's connection...thanks to everyone who offered me a response - extremely helpful and Im very appreciative of all the information. Happy Holidays!

Lee - posted on 12/21/2008

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the cellphones where they are already programmed with a limit to who u cud call i cant recall who makes them but they are out there but not a cell where u dnt no what he is doing. we live in a crazy world and its his saftey thats your main concern is he away from adults that much he would need a phone? or is it more just to fit in?

Jessie - posted on 12/21/2008

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I have been there my six year old has been asking for a psp because all of her friends have been getting them this year for their birthdays and christmas, but I personally don't think that she is responsible enough to have such an expensive item, especially not to bring on the bus or to school. There have been a lot of research and connection with cellphones and brain tumors and such(and believe me I am not one to just jump on the bandwagon I do my own research too.... check out http://www.internationalparentingassocia... ) and I am not sure that a child needs one unless they walk home from school or you let them walk to a friends house by themselves, otherwise they are usually with an adult at all times who has a phone. I think that I will probably wait until my daughter is about 10 to get her one, for like after school activities just in case I am late in picking her up or anything but right now we stay for all of her activities so she doesn't need one. those firefly ones sound pretty cool though!

Ann - posted on 12/21/2008

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When my ex and I separated 4 years ago, I got my 5 yr old a firefly. She could only call mommy, daddy, grandma & grandpa and my sister...and those are the only calls she could get. Often times, I would try to reach my daughter when she was with her dad and he wouldn't answer his phone when he saw my number. This was a way for her and I to stay in touch when we needed...and in case of emergencies! The thing that I like about those above the trac phone is that she can't use it just to call friends. You will lose minutes that way.

The firefly gave her a sense of security, so in my mind, it was worth every last penny!! I am keeping it to give to my younger daughter when she is a little older.

Rebekah - posted on 12/21/2008

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My niece who is in before and after school care has a phone, but its by disney or something simular and she only has her parents cell #'s and 4 emergency contacts, she is 9. But she can only use it for calling the numbers put into the phone.

Heather - posted on 12/20/2008

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Just a general rule in my house, but I say no to cell phones unless the child can pay for his/her own...(such as a pay as you go). My 13y/o has a paper route and bought his own phone with prepaid minutes, that's been fine. My 11y/o is asking for one, but he knows the drill....on occaision I have given him mine to carry when I thought it was needed.

Just my opinion, but a six year old shouldn't be anywhere without an adult, so why would they need a phone???

Michelle - posted on 12/20/2008

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My 10yo has mentioned getting a cell phone a few times, since many of her friends have them, but I just don't see a reason for her to have one. She's homeschooled, so she pretty much never goes anywhere without us or another adult in our family, other than just playing with her friends on the street in front of our house. When she starts actually going places, then I could see getting a phone like the Firefly one.

Amie - posted on 12/20/2008

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My 8 yr old asked the same thing. We told her no until she is older. She just started walking home alone this year as she's in grade 3. It was such a big deal for her. lol. We only live a block from her school but always took her as the teachers at her school won't release kids from school without a parent or designated person they've met to pick them up until grade 3. That was fine but now some of her friends have cell phones, not the kid kinds either, and she wants one. So our answer was no until she's older. I don't think she's responsible enough and there's good communication so if she's not home within 5 minutes of the bell ringing (which we can hear) we go out and walk the route she does home to get her. Kind of got off topic lol sorry, but that's our opinion (in all that) of the cell phones for kids.

Juanita - posted on 12/20/2008

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I have told my seven year old son there is no reason for him to have a cell phone. However, if you are interested, any phone with a charged battery can make a 911 call. Also, there are designed to call 911 + 2 or 3 other numbers you designate. However, I believe these cost in addition to your regular service.

Robyn - posted on 12/20/2008

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now thats cool, I would get a phone like that for my daughter, just for the tracking thing.

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Yes, as mentionned before, they are available. Believe it or not, there are many children (at the school I taught in) that had these phones. They are preprogrammed by parents as emergencies only. I think it's a great thing for a child to have these, in the event that he/she is in danger. However, use them with caution as many studies are against you children using cell phones because of brain development. Use them only for what they are meant to be used for...emergencies.

Ethel - posted on 12/20/2008

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hi carla, i dont publicly announce this but my 5 year old daughter has a cell phone.the 1st one we got her was a firefly, which has 4 # that she can accept and dial (which was mommy, daddy, grandma, and grandpa) and it also has a tracking device (thats what sold me). my family helps us out a lot with picking her up or taking her out and she likes to know she can reach mommy and daddy at any time. and we use to call her when we are on our way to pick her up. the great thing is that there are so many more interesting toys they can play with, so with in a week or two she forgot all about and i just stick it in her backpack. we out grew that phone bc of the limited numbers she could call or accept. (certain grandparents were not too happy) i hope this helps.

Jasie - posted on 12/20/2008

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My daughter is 11 now but she has had a phone since she was seven because she use to walk home from school alone. She only used it for emergency's.

Ashley - posted on 12/20/2008

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ive heard of them in fact know some young kids who have them. tracphones they r cheap

Michelle - posted on 12/20/2008

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The Firefly is a prepaid cell phone that the parents program the numbers in to. There is a Mom button and a Dad button that dial you directly or the option of scrolling through the phone book to find which number to call. You can find them on ebay, cheap!

Shannon - posted on 12/20/2008

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Not for a child that young... how oftenis your shild away from you, or an adult that you trust he/she with. I can see getting them one with limited minutes or with the tracking system in it once they are in say middle school... then they are more apt to be with their friends only at say a play ground or even at the mall etc....

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