should a 14 year old should be given a pesonel phone

John - posted on 03/30/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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my son is 14 yr old and he is asking a personel phone. we can easily afford it as my husband is earning quite well. but i doubt that after i give him a phone he will not take interest in his studies and get into unwanted things such as talking,chatting with girls etc should i give him a phone!, but i dont feel that it is necessary for him right now. i need advice cause my son has a lot of attitude and from months he has been showing it to me cause all his friend has it and he dont. he has very rude to us

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Dove - posted on 03/30/2013

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I would not give a child of any age a phone just because they want it.... and especially if they are giving me a bad attitude about it. My oldest did get a cell phone at 10 though.... because 'I' needed her to have one. She is well aware that I won't hesitate to take it away if I need to.... and then all the privileges that come with it end too. It only has a cheap talk and unlimited text plan though.

If you don't feel it is necessary... then be the parent and don't get it. Though you say you don't want him to get into unwanted things such as talking and chatting with girls.... you don't think he does that at school already? He IS a 14 year old boy..... and if he lags on his studies due to being on the phone.... you take it away.

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