Am I the only one who thinks that a cell phone for a child is INSANE?

Jennifer - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 379 moms have responded )

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You know, I understand that it is a huge convenience for a child to have a cell phone --- so you can contact them when you need to. However, I feel as though, aside from other scientists with electrical and magnetic theory backgrounds like myself, that I am one of the few parents that absolutely refuse to allow my kids to use cell phones. My four-year-old is not allowed to use our cell phones unless it is on speaker and only if she holds it away from her body. Aside from the tentative health risks posed to children from the non-ionized radiation emitted from cell phones, I simply think the idea that it is a necessity for them to have one is slightly ridiculous. I see so many children with cell phones glued to their ears, and many of them aren't even teens yet. Please tell me that I am not the only one that feels that this is insane.

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Amanda - posted on 05/22/2010

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Getting a 7 yr old an iPhone w/ a phone case to match their Coach purse IS insane. Getting a 7 yr old some cheap prepaid phone when theyre old enough to play down the street or be @ a friends house or need to call you to pick them up from a canceled soccer game is NOT insane.

Medic - posted on 05/22/2010

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I agree and disagree, I got my first phone on a phone plan when I was in 5th grade. The reason being was that there were three of us and and all three of us played sports so someone had to be left alone, at the time I hated it but it was used to contact my parents. I have had one ever since. I will get one for my kids if that ever becomes the situation and I think its cheaper to just put them on the phone plan and allot them min. I was never asked to pay for my phone until I was out of college so I have no intention of making my kids pay for MY convienence. As far as the health concerns.....kids breath the poluted air, drink funky water and sodas, most kids drink milk full of hormones and antibiotics and we let them play outside where god knows what could happen.....a cell phone is the least of my worries.

Vanessa - posted on 05/25/2010

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This is a new age and our kids aren't us. They have so much more at their disposal and a cell phone is in their minds a necessity not a luxury. What I've done with the cell phone as well as the computer is give it to them with rules and restrictions and when they violate those rules and restrictions its taken away. But to them to not have one feels like punishment. Let them have it but add boundaries, guidelines and limitations to encourage responsibility. 20 minutes on the cell phone per day is more than enough.

Jessie - posted on 05/22/2010

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omg!! I so agree. I think it is absolutely ridiculous for a child to have a cell phone. there is no reason for it. no child should be left alone or doing so many things w/o a parent present that the parent would have a need to get a hold of them. I refuse to get my son one even when he does hit the teens yrs, if he wants one he will get a part time job and pay for it himself (with my husband and mines consent of course)

Melissa - posted on 05/22/2010

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I also think "Children" w/ cell phones is insane. They should be at least 14 or older

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Katie - posted on 05/25/2010

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You are not the only person. I have a 9 and 10 year old and they do not have cell phones. Then again I do homeschool them so they are nearly always with me.

Kristi - posted on 05/25/2010

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I can see it for older children who are away from there parents for sports, school activities, and the like, but I dont see a reason for young children to have one. My nephew is 8 and up until a month ago he had a much better cell phone than I had, (I got new), I dont see the point he is with his parents, grandparents or at school, why does he need it. My 2 year old talks on mine or my husbands cell for a few minutes at a time to grandma or to daddy when hes at work, she doesnt need her own phone for a very long time!!!

Sandy - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think this subject is one of personal preference. It's one of your rights as a parent to give or not to give of a cell phone. In the case where a family doesn't have a lan line, it's probably a good idea for age appropriate kids to have a cell phone, with limited access/usage in order to check in with them. At least where I live, there are not a lot of pay-phones, so how can my daughter call if there is a problem? And with my daughter's good grades and good attitude, it was a well deserved gift. She texts more than she talks!

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There haven't been studies yet that have shown an increase. I think the key is the age of the child and the amount of time they use it. As with many things in parenting moderation is the key. A 4 year old has no need for a cell phone. My daughter didn't get hers until she was 12. At that it is a pay as you go phone so I controle the minutes. She actually uses more of them texting so the phone isn't conected to her ear. Another option might be a hands free set so that the phone isn't connected to the ear directly.

Cynthia - posted on 05/25/2010

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No, You are not the only one, I too feel that a child using a cell phone is quite ridiculous, I don't even allow my 18 year old to have a cell phone unless he's traveling the province.

Mary - posted on 05/25/2010

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I got my oldest son a cell phone in 8th grade since that summer he started riding his bike to visit friends the lived pretty far away. He was one of the last kids in his class to get one. We have a "family phone" for my 6th and 7th grader to share. If they are staying after school or going out, they get the phone.

You lose some control when you give them that phone because it's hard to keep track who they are calling and/or what they are texting. You can see it after the fact, but if they don't have a phone, they can't do it.

To me a phone is a big responsibility and younger kids just aren't up for it. I have heard stories of the phone getting lost or washed because the child just isn't paying attention.

It's like anything else. You have your house and your rules and you don't have to cave in to peer pressure.

Genevieve - posted on 05/25/2010

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ok, yes and no. yes i let my boys use my cell,i even hold it on speaker for the baby. but mostly it is so they can talk to their dad. their dad is active duty and not home much. i will do anything possible for my boys to talk to Daddy as long as they can, whenever they can.



that being said, no. i will not get my kids a cell phone. they can borrow mine. and when they are olderi might re-think this. but for now at least, no i will not get them their own.

Lisa - posted on 05/25/2010

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You are not the only one who feels that way. We lived without them and realistically if a young adult needs to call you in an emergency situation, there are enough other people around with a cell phone the safety factor is somewhat negated. I do feel there is a significant health risk and I would prefer to not have to wonder if a choice I made resulted in my child getting sick.

Candita - posted on 05/25/2010

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I got my son a cell phone last year when he was 11 but only because when they go to their dad's house he doesn't have a land line in his house...there were some issues last year so I wanted my son to know he could contact someone if need be...myself or 911 if he had to....but other than that he would not have been getting one till much later in life. Kids are growing up way to fast on one hand but on the other hand the world is a very different place...a lot of people don't know who their neighbours are so I understand that as well for the safety of their children.

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I agree that it is not a good idea to give a child a cell phone. The damage that it can do to a growing brain is too great. When I do get my older son a phone, I am going to put some safeguards in place on the phone so that the risk is much lower. There are certain supplements that have been proven to reduce problems from cell phones and other EMF. I will put my son on these also. He will be considerably older before he gets one though, he is 9 now.

TORI - posted on 05/25/2010

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I agree cellphones for children is just insane. Although my son who is 10 has one he only carries it when he has games (football/basketball) in which neither my husband nor myself can attend. Other than that he has a cellphone for when he is away from home spending a night at a friends or relative. Other than this he doesnt carry his phone out.

Shana - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think it's crazy enough that we adults can't function w/o cell phones. I stay at home and still can't seem to give mine up (I really don't want it anymore, I just always find a reason I need it). I never thought it appropriate to give a child a cell phone, even before I read of the health risks. When my son gets to be a teenager (starts driving, hanging out w/o adults, etc.), MAYBE I'll reconsider. But that age scares me, I don't even want to think about it right now, lol...

Yvonne - posted on 05/25/2010

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GIRLS!! I was 44 years young when I got my first mobile phone and then only as I needed it for my job!! I still don't use it much 7 years down the line. I do agree that there may be a possible health risk but so is getting run over by a bolting horse, I personally feel too many kids too young have phones and they find it impossible to function without it,but I also agree with Abbie had that girl not had a phone she would not have been able to call for help,but I really do hope that she was 14 as I wouldn't like to think of my 8 year old daughter doing a paper round.

Kamrah - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think the risks verses the convenience of it all is totally NOT worth it in my opinion. I am sorry but we used pay phones when I was a kid and they worked just fine. And really you can meet them at a certain place and time and just don't be late... remember people that is how it was done way back when... like a few years ago! Honestly you are putting your kid in more danger by giving them a cell phone then by not giving them... Satan is out there! So many kids use text messaging for cyber sex and sending nude photos back and forth, you are only setting them up for failure. Maybe your kid wouldn't send something like that but I bet they would look at it if it was sent to them... besides it's not like they would have the choice... they open it and there it is!

Sammy - posted on 05/25/2010

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I don't think you are insane. I don't understand the obsessive use of cell phones by kids. My son is 17 and starting at about 13 he began begging for a cell phone. I got him one about three years ago and I have to beg him to take it with him when he is out just so I have a way to contact him. He admits that he only wanted one because all his friends have them, but he can't stand his friends texting each other all the time. I only got it for him as a convenience. If I were you, I would consider the cell phone for a child until they ae at least a teenager, but with all their friends having phones they may not need one of their own if you have their friends' numbers.

Deb - posted on 05/25/2010

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We do not currently have a land line - in order to cut some expenses, so we are looking to get a phone for my 11 year old to use when he is home alone (which is rarely). Our work schedules allow us to have one of us with them but there is that rare occasion that our schedules overlap a bit - or because of traffic not home yet. We will not allow texting and do not have it on our plans - if you need/want to talk, then call.

AM - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think that kids and cell phones is a doubled edged sword: while on the one hand a safety tool and on the other opening up a slew of problems with texting, bills and photos...I have what we call is a "Kid phone" for our two teenagers (ds, 12y and dd 15y.) I hand the kid the cell phone before the activity upon our separating for a time and I am to receive the phone back on our reuniting. At least for teenagers, identity and independance is a huge issue that they and parents is figuring out "on the fly" and the cell phone is for us, a small peace of mind in a crazy world. As it is: the phone rings both ways. And I am not sure I would change my mind on our family's use of this. It seems to be working. As far as health concerns, our use is so miminal that I haven't been overly concerned about that aspect of the cell phone issue. I would think the use of the speaker on the phone is one I will introduce to the young adults. Thanks for the tip about the health issue. I haven't even thought about that.

Stephanie - posted on 05/25/2010

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I disagree completely. My 13 year old son has had one since he was 11. I know where he is at all times, he can call me if there is any trouble where ever he is, and I know about all the good things that happened to him that day too! My 7 year old daughter is begging for one, but she won't get one until at least 10. I cannot see how in this day and age parents let their kids out of their sight for one second without some form of communication. When we go to the store and he wants to check out the video games and toys, I can just call him instead of searching for him. I know that their is less of an age gap with my situation, I'm 28 my son is 13 (yes I was 15 when I had him, too bad my mom couldn't call me and see what I was up to) and I understand that technology is not going to go away, it is here to stay. Embrace it and learn to incorporate it into everyday life. BTW...my son is in the National Junior Honor Society, has a 4.0, participates in the Duke TIP program, and has hardly ever been in trouble. I have not had one regret in regards to getting him a cell phone.

Claire - posted on 05/25/2010

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Your not the only one!!! I'm at the point of actually asking our school to ban mobiles from school premises. A mobile (cell) phone is not something to use as a babysitter which is what it looks like they're being used for!

Kelly - posted on 05/25/2010

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I am with you!! What 8-year-old NEEDS a cell phone? I am raising bright, responsible (as much as any child) children and feel like they know how to reach us if they need us. The fact that they are sometimes out in the neighborhood with friends and cannot be tracked down immediately does not worry me - they continue to earn our trust by following our rules and/or to learn from any mistakes they make! I do worry about our children growing up too fast and about inappropriate texting. I think it is a personal decision for parents. My kids can expect the use of a cell when they are driving.

Leigh Ann - posted on 05/25/2010

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A word to the wise....those of you who have small children talk a really big game about children having cells phones being ridiculous. You may very well eat those words as I am sure many of you have done with a lot of other things you said you would NEVER let YOUR kids do...I know I have. My daughter, who is now 14 has had a cell phone since she was 12. I feel better about her having it in case of an emergency. With all of the crazy things that happen in our world these days I think it is just an extra safety precaution for most parents who have decided to let their kids have a cell phone. I also think each family's situation is different depending on how many kids they have, how many activities they are involved in and the family's overall schedule as to whether or not a child having a cell phone is indeed ridiculous. My daughter is very responsible with her phone, does not have it glued to her ear and actually doesn't use it that much. It was added on to our plan and has the very basics such as texting. She DOES NOT have internet access, which I do feel is unnecessary. Again, it just makes me feel better that she has a way to contact me if she needs to or I can contact her if I need to, without having to go through someone else to do so.

Randi - posted on 05/25/2010

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You simply assess the needs for it and say NO---I tell my kids we don't play that game---keep up with the Jones....if everyone jumped off the cliff I hope my kids wouldn't do it just because everyone else did it.......that theory could also be applied to drugs, alchohol etc. How is a cell phone needed to learn at school? I completed school without one, went on to successfully complete college and become a Registered Nurse without one. It is not needed like a pencil case and such at school. I have taught my kids to be themselves and not feel the need to do something just because other people do it or own something in particular

Meg - posted on 05/25/2010

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I totally agree. I have 7 children and when they turned 16 it was allowed.For our family it is a not a necessity and you have to earn it.Just took away my 17 year olds as a consequence for something.Too bad,so sad.My 2 youngest are 10 and 12, so they know not to ask for one yet.They have a ways to go.Hope this makes you feel better. Meg

Sheri - posted on 05/25/2010

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Cell phone usage has become ridiculous! We lived without them before and we can live without them again, however, there are no longer pay phones by the road as a result of the use. I say no cell phones for children who are at home. Use the "land line" to communicate and teach reasonable and respectful times to use the phone. Toom many kids think they have a right to a phone and are losing the face-to-face pragmatic language skills that go with such conversations. We are increasingly becoming less personal and that can be a very dangerous thing for society. Such impersonal behavior leads to not caring about another human being's needs.. making us closer in behavior to animals.

Deborah - posted on 05/25/2010

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I am so glad you feel the same way - my daughter is nine years old and she is already starting the push for a mobile. The thing is how do you stop this when every child has a phone - it is like sending a child to school without a pencil case or a calculator!

Tanasha - posted on 05/25/2010

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Ok, there is no real risk from "radiation" in today's cell phones... if there was, 90% of the population would have tumors or something growing by now. However, i absolutely refuse to allow my child a cell phone of her own, at least not until she is a teenager, and the reasoning is very simple.. my child is 3.. she does not need one now, or at 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, etc because unlike many other parents, I wont let her go somewhere alone. My mother would walk me to my friends house when I was a child (yes, even as a "tween", and would come and pick me up when play time was over. She would NOT drop me off at the mall when I was 8 or 9 with my friends (and yes, I am so against and almost downright horrified when I do see that), nor was I doing anything young children are allowed to do today. And I think a cell phone provides a false sense of security... and I hate to be a pessimist, but cell phones are also easy to take out of a child (or teenagers) hand and destroy before they are able to call for help. Parents like the idea because they can "check on" thier kids, but honestly, how do you REALLY know? Your kid can say "Oh yeah im at so and so's house" but they are on a cell phone... which means they could REALLY be anywhere... but maybe thats just me. Its one of those subjects I am adamant about .. and I say that because when I was a teen.. I wasnt the best one.. I did a lot of things I am not proud off and would not always tell my parents the truth

Meg - posted on 05/25/2010

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I agree wholeheartedly. Giving cellphones to children is yet another surrender of parental responsibility.

Randi - posted on 05/25/2010

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I would say they have been proven----I was near death at the end of February, beginning of March as doctors were not able to diagnose my electrical hypersensitivity to electrical pollution----which includes radiation given off of cell phones, wireless devices. Luckily we found a gentleman in our area who specializes in electrical pollution and was able to come to our house and help clean up our electrical pollution levels---that includes ridding of wireless internet, cordless phones, CELL phones, etc etc. Had he not come around when he had I would without a doubt be dead-----I experience health effects immediately now and have to be aware of my surroundings to try and maintain the health I have now. My health now and my childrens health NOW is important to me as safety issues etc. I want to be able to see the future with them and as frustrating as it is......the technology around us which is how the world functions almost killed me. it is doing the same to everyone else---as it isn't something you can see, smell, hear or taste...but rest assure it is doing the same to everyone regardless of your level of sensitivity to it. I unfortunately have a peanut allergy to all these MUST HAVE devices our world feels they can't live with out---and because of it my world has dramatically changed. I am unable to work at this point(trust me I want to---I absolutely love my job as an RN). I have the option to go on disability but will not go down that road. Instead I will fight the battle and hopefully educate parents and family members along the way. I can't change the world but I can make a dent. I refuse to give in to this-----I will trudge on and hopefully be able to share a life with my husband and 3 young kids in a technology obsessed world. I have no choice--it is either that or give up on life and let the world pass me buy for the next 50 years as a prisoner of my own home.

Cynthia - posted on 05/25/2010

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I totally agree, the ONLY thing a child should know how to do with any telephone is diall911 in an emergency situation. And the only time a child needs to be on a phone is when you invite them to talk with a family member.
If others consider that old fashioned thats too bad my sons survived without cell phones until they went off to university, Though I had given my eldest a cell when he turned nineteen and was working frequently away from home, he gave it to his sister the following summer when she was living in another city on contract. Only purchasing one for his use when he moved out into his own place a couple of years ago.
A friend has a couple of much younger children who wanted a cell phone and because they roam our small community on their bikes, she waited until she could get a service which allowed only three numbers to be dialed out or allowed in Her number their dads number and 911. it works well for them I don't expect she will get them any other kind. while they are under her care.

Karen - posted on 05/25/2010

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no you are not i have sone that is 16 ok he haas one but my little one who is 3years old will not have one till she is in her teens

Debra - posted on 05/25/2010

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these so called facts havnt been proven it was only last week it was on the news that you would need to be on ur phone 24/7 for these risks and a child doesnt only need a phone if they dont live with both parents my childern 8 and 9 have phones they only have them when they go to school as they get the bus and when they r out playing incase i need to check on them but thats my choice

Ruth - posted on 05/25/2010

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The only time that a cell phone is appropriate for a child is when the parents of the child are separated and the parent that doesn't live with the child buys the child a cell phone to keep in contact.

Madeleine - posted on 05/25/2010

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well i have a 13yr old and he does have a phone so i can keep tabs on him but he probably wouldn't have a phone yet only we had a spare one

Randi - posted on 05/25/2010

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If you look at some interesting stats over time regarding other issues that we took years to learn the honest truth and health effects about---are you willing to let your child be part of that history regarding-----the health effects of cell phone use---whether a person talks on it or texts---cell phones give off hazardous radiation levels. I won't surrender my child to the effects---and won't surrender myself or my husband to it as my kids need us around for years to come. I have learned the hard way all ready that there are indeed health effects to the technology we use today.



The tobacco time line:

The health effects of tobacco were first debated in 1856 in the medical journal The Lancet

Dr. Isaac Adler suggested lung cancer was related to smoking in 1912

A British medical journal published a study in 1950 finding that smokers were 50 times more likely to get lung cancer

It wasn’t until 1997 that tobacco companies agreed to fund healthcare costs from smoking
The X-Ray time line:

Thomas Edison noted injuries from X-Rays in 1896

Edison’s assistant died from X-Ray exposure in 1904

Fluoroscopes were used in shoe stores to see through shoes to aid proper fitting in 1930

The deaths of over 200 radiologists from radioactive cancer were published in 1934

Radiation levels of fluoroscopes were questioned in 1949

In 1990 the risk of cancer from radiation was found to be five times greater than previously thought
The Asbestos time line:

A British factory inspector warned of asbestos harm in 1898

Rat studies raised questions about harmful effects of asbestos dust in 1911

U.S. insurers refused to cover asbestos worker’s claims in 1918

Robin - posted on 05/25/2010

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I think it is crazy for little kids to have a cell phone.. there is no reason for it, they are too young to understand the full extent of having a cell phone. I think as they are older like 14-15 they should be allowed to use a cell phone when going out with friends etc but a 4-5 year old no way!

Jessica - posted on 05/25/2010

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So, my daughter is five and does not have a phone yet, but I am a paranoid mother and in a few years she will have one. I will want to know when she gets out of school and give her the security of knowing that if she needs to, she can reach in her back pack and call me if she's upset or frightened. I don't think children need phones for social purposes, but in this day and age I don't see anything wrong with easing her mind and mine with something so simple. I live in Seattle, and we don't have the highest crime rate in the country, but there's definitely some crazy sick people out here. If a cell phone had been available to me a child and I had had one, I would have been spared quite a few very unhappy experiences. So as an added safety measure I think cell phones are a common sense option for children.

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Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on Children Are Worse Than Adults

Does cell phone radiation affect children differently that it does adults? Absolutely. Here’s why. A child’s head is smaller yet contains more fluid than that of an adult. This increased amount of water acts as conductor of the radiation. Furthermore, the skull bones in the head of a child don’t fully harden until about 22 years of age. So the skull bones of a child’s head are softer and thinner. Softer bones mean greater penetration of radiation into the head. Greater penetration means more damage. And remember, there is an accumulation of this radiation as children grow.
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Cyndi - posted on 05/25/2010

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Ok... this being the first time I've responded to the "Circle of Moms" converstations... I think it will be my last.
To set the record straight... I don't think a 5 minute conversation is enough to "keep in touch and in the KNOW" in reference to my child... however, I have very little control over that. I am a single mother, working my A*& off trying to provide some kind of life for the two of us, not to mention I get no child support from my ex... so for those of you who would question my wanting a cell phone in order to get... yes, 5 MINUTES of talk time with my child each day she's not with me... to know she's ok when she's not with me... and to know if she needs to she can call for help...go ahead and question... but I say to you... walk a mile in my shoes before you tell me that my child isn't imporant enough to warrant more than 5 MINUTES of my time!!! In a perfect world she'd be with me ALWAYS! This is crazy!

Randi - posted on 05/25/2010

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Facts About Cell Phone Use

Talking on a cell phone as little as 500 minutes a month can increase the probability of brain cancer by 140% to 300% (1)

Cell phone radiation has been shown to damage and break living DNA (2)

Cell phone radiation causes leakage of the blood-brain barrier allowing toxins to damage sensitive brain tissue (3)

Cell phones worn by men on a belt clip can reduce sperm count by 30% (4)(5)

After using a cell phone for six years the risk of developing an acoustic neuroma ( tumor of the auditory nerve) increases by 50% (6)

Cell phone radiation increases estrogen and adrenaline levels in the body disrupting hormonal balance (7)

A two-minute cell phone call alters a child’s brain function for an hour (8) (9)

Cordless phones have even higher cancer risks than cell phones (10)

Whitney - posted on 05/25/2010

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I totally agree! We aren't as concerned with the health risks as we are with privacy and texting. Our kids are 9 months, 3, 9, and 11. If anyone wants to talk to anyone about anything, they shouldn't have anything to hide so they can use our home phone or our cell phones when we are around to monitor the conversation. Of course we let all (except the baby of course) use our cell phones to talk to family--no big deal. And when the older ones start to get into school sports and after school activities in middle school or high school we may give them a trac phone, but that's it until 16. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Lisa - posted on 05/25/2010

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Thank you, thank you thank you!!! I'm not worried about the health risks, I just think it's plain annoying - for children AND adults! My son is 12 and most of his friends have cell phones. I call his parents' cell phone and they don't seem to know where he is and wonder why I'm not calling HIS cell phone. What is wrong with this picture?! Perhaps I was born in the wrong century, but I feel less electronics and more parental involvement would make for a better future for our children and everyone invloved.

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I believe that when a child is old enough to be anywhere by themselves....out of the house...they are old enough for a cell phone BUT ONLY TO CALL ME, DAD, GRANDMA, AND 911. No texting, no calling friends...nothing....AND it should only work when they are NOT in a moving vehicle....unless it is to call 911.

Kristi - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have 5 kids. My oldest got a cell phone last year before he turned 12. I must say that it has saved me in numerous situations. For example if I wasn't going to make it home before him, or he needed to be picked up and many other things. Also, his dad can call and talk to him and his siblings between 3pm and 8pm. His phone is restricted from any use other than to call or text my husband and myself during school hours as well as past 8pm. His teachers have even had him call me from it when they have needed to talk with me. I do have strict rules as to what content he is allowed to have, watch, listen to or whatever and have the parental controls and he knows I check his useage, numbers, texts etc. Since we do not have a need for a landline phone (my dh is expected to carry his work cell and private cell and I have a cell) his having a phone is imperative when I have to run to the store for 10 minutes. And believe me, they call every minute practically!! The best thing about his having a cell is that he has gained understanding of being responsible and has actually matured. Also, he knows that if his grades fall below a C, his phone is restricted ALL day from everyone but me and my dh until he brings that grade up!! It has really helped him stay on top of his work!!

Shannon - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hi Jennifer, you are absolutely right. It is completely insane. I see 10 year olds at my children's school with cell phones. It's ridiculous. Kids don't need them. Parents just use them as a tether for their kids. It's sad. They feel they are keeping in touch with their kids because they can reach them all the time when they aren't around. But they are too busy to take the time to sit down and talk with their kids. I see a lot of my teenagers friends who constantly talk and text on their phones, or use FB mobile. Yet when I talk to the parents they know very little about what their kids are doing or saying. They have no idea, and are deluded thinking that the 5 minute call they have their kids make to them after school constitutes a conversation, because they have checked in.

Brooke - posted on 05/25/2010

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it's not even just the health risks that makes this stupid. what does a child need with a phone!?! what can they have to say to their friends that can not wait? my brother in law is 11 and has a phone that he's always on. with his "girlfriend." kids are growing up way too fast. they forget that they are just KIDS.

Randi - posted on 05/25/2010

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I am COMPLETELY in agreement. I have become electrically hypersensitive as of February and no longer will use my cell phone or allow my kids to use one. Unfortunately our public school of 250 students have parents that feel otherwise. I wish that the kids could go to school and not be surrounded by the harsh effects of cell phones etc. If you go to electricalpollution.com or dirtyelectricity.org it teaches a bit about electrical pollution and the health effects of cell phones. I am now on the road to recovery but was extremely sick for a couple of months---cardiac symptoms, 14lb weight loss(I am tiny to begin with), unable to sleep more than 1.5 to 3 hrs a night(since has been corrected with taking melatonin to get my sleep cycles back on track and have gained my strength and health back), headaches, buzzing sensation in my head, joint pain, unable to eat(as the effects of electrical pollution affected my stomach), ZERO energy. I worked at a job as an RN that I absolutely LOVED but have been off work for a couple of months---not what I want at all. I no longer can tolerate places with high levels of electrical pollution, cell phone towers or usage, wireless signals, windmills, etc etc. It is very hard to be the devoted hard working wife/mom to my husband and 3 kids ages 8,10, and 12. We are such a technology based world now---try finding even a campground that does not have wireless signal. I am currently working with our principal at our school and the school board to get our school tested for electrical pollution as it has such high rates of staff and students complaining of headaches etc.(I can not even attend school functions at this point as my tolerance levels to the wireless signal, and electrical pollution levels is so sensitive. Not to mention that there would be umpteen people sitting at a school assembly with their cell phones on them. ) My daughter was coming home weekly from school with headaches and such----only compounded by other kids all around her needlessly texting on their cell phones etc. I too understand the convenience of the cell phones but after the long scary road I have been down health wise and the long term affects I now have to deal with as does my husband and three kids I can honestly say it is not worth it....use a phone that is corded. We are not that important now a day that we just MUST be able to be reached 24 hours a day....we have gone back in time at our house since we have learned about the health effects and I have suffered severely from the health effects.....I wish the rest of the world would too so I can get out and resume my former lifestyle and play an active role in my kids life instead of being forced to live on the sidelines cause our world is so technical and the word hasn't gotten out yet on the serious health effects of being that way.

Whitney - posted on 05/25/2010

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well Kristen, when there is proof, what will you say then? There have been many studies, many diagnosis, and many scientist who believe that the radiation that close to our heads is not a good thing. But because the media hasnt reported "proof" your ok. I just ask that you remember that there didnt used to be proof that many drugs taken by many would have adverse affects. There wasnt "proof" until there was.

Gabrielle - posted on 05/25/2010

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You are absolutely not the only one. I agree for the medical reasons especially but also depending on the age. My daughter is 9 and has argued with us about wanting a phone and I see no need at this age. I think adults are way to dependant on their phones and don't think children need to be.

Kristin - posted on 05/25/2010

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While I agree that a cell phone is not a necessity for a child until driving age, there is no scientific proof that cell phones cause any kind of brain damage at all.

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