Kids getting phone calls

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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What do you think of children receiving phone calls from friends? Would it matter if it were the opposite sex?
What age will you or have you allowed your children to accept calls?

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Jodi - posted on 01/13/2011

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"People put restrictions on this?"

I must admit, I thought much the same thing Amie. I never even thought to put restricitons on receiving calls......

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Stifler's - posted on 01/14/2011

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I think it's cute. I had lots of friends when I was a kid and my rents never cared about what sex they were etc or had an age limit on calls. Grandma lived far away so she would talk to us on the phone. Whenever Logan can use the phone lol at the moment when my mum calls I put it on speaker and she's like LOGAN.. IT'S GRANDMA.. BLAH BLAH BLAH. He's 1. He just tries to grab the phone and is so mesmerised that he doesn't even babble back. But he's loud as soon as I take speaker off. My brother is 8 and when I call my house he answers the phone and doesn't even say anything. It's so annoying I hope my kid is not like that about the phone.

Meghan - posted on 01/14/2011

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aww! Whenever he gets his first phone call I would totally allow it. And I think I would probably cry if a little girl called for him :)

Tara - posted on 01/14/2011

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I have allowed my kids to answer the phone if it's for them (call display) since they were able/wanted to.
My 14 year old son's best friend is a girl, my 10 year old has a friend who is a boy and they've been friends since they were 4 or so. She's actually there this week for a visit. (mom is my best friend, all homeschooled kids too)
I see nothing inappropriate in allowing two people of the opposite sex to talk on the phone.
Now if I overheard some phone sex or other inappropriate conversation, it wouldn't matter if they were opposite sex or same, they would be getting a talking to.

Bonnie - posted on 01/14/2011

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My children can accept calls whenever as long as they want to talk to the person. If a girl called to talk with my son, I would think it is cute.

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My son is 6 and he takes calls from friends and calls them.....now, this is one of those things where I think it would work backwards. Right now, I'm not strict at all with it, but as he get's older, I could see myself adding more restrictions as the need arises.

Jenn - posted on 01/14/2011

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If someone was old enough to call my kids, then they will be allowed to talk on the phone. It's not uncommon for my son to walk away with the phone while talking to his Granny and he's almost 5. He got his first call from a friend last week to ask if he wanted to go play in the back yard (it was the neighbour's kid).

Jodi - posted on 01/14/2011

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I don't think it's an issue. If a boy rang wanting to talk to my daughter I wouldn't question it too much. But then, some parents might be a bit funny about it. You're not going to know until he does it, LOL.

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ummm... my 3 year-old has been calling (and getting calls from) my niece who is 4 months older than my daughter since they were about 1...

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2011

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If he received an invitation to this girl's party, I would think a phone clal wouldn't be an issue. Do you mean calling to accept the invitation? Or just calling her to chat to her?

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 01/13/2011

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My son is almost 8, he got invited to the party of a girl in class…and on the invitation was her number…he asked to call…im not worried about what they would talk about, because he only has eyes for a girl named Jenny…LOL
But I told him no, because I didn’t know how her parents would feel about a boy calling her….

Sharon - posted on 01/13/2011

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any age. My daughter got a few phone calls in kindergarten. They were disjointed and sounded like nonsense to me.

I'd be worried about a little boy calling my little girl before 5th grade - a little.

She's in the third grade now and so far its only been girls calling.

The boys are older. My oldest started getting phone calls from girls in the 6th grade.

Amie - posted on 01/13/2011

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I know. It's just not something that ever crossed my mind. What would you say to someone calling? "Sorry, they are not allowed to use the phone"??

It just seems odd to me. I can remember being 5-6 and phoning friends. It was one of those things that never crossed my mind to change with my own.

Amie - posted on 01/13/2011

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Oh and the opposite sex thing is not an issue either. My husband dies a little each time a boy comes within 50 feet of her (our oldest) but he'll get over it. LOL



Nothing was worse than the one boy who was so smitten he sat in our yard for 2 hours waiting for her. /:) She was at a cooking class after school, he knew this because he came to our door. He said he'd wait, I told him it would be awhile. He didn't care, he sat on our lawn and waited. Even his friends couldn't get him to move. My husband kept peeking out the window at him going... "AMIE! He's STILL there." "I know honey, calm down. It's fine." haha

Amie - posted on 01/13/2011

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People put restrictions on this?



Mine have been phoning and receiving calls since they started school.



The only thing we've ever restricted is time spent on the phone. Our oldest is now 10 and if we allowed her would easily spend an hour or so talking on the phone with a couple of her friends. She gets 30 min. max. and she must answer any beeps (call waiting) that comes through. It's rare she's on that long though, her and her friends generally only call to check up on things. Homework, who's doing what, schedules, etc.



Right now, it's not as bad as it could be. I'm sure it will get worse as she grows.

Joanna - posted on 01/13/2011

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I was about 8 when my friends would call to see if I could play. I didn't receive calls from boys until I was maybe 15, but that's because I didn't like boys til then. As for my girls, we will see how mature thru are then and take it from there.

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2011

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I'm trying to remember when Jayden started getting calls from his friends....he was probably about 8 or 9. But they weren't opposite sex. He hasn't had any of those calls yet....I probably should check his FB account though, LOL.

I'm actually not too fussed about receiving phone calls. At that age, I just expected he would remain in a common area of the house while he was on the phone, and because I am usually the one to answer the phone, I knew who he was talking to. I know most of his friends. To be honest, even if my 5 year old received a call from one of her friends to say hello, I would let her take the call. I can't see the harm.

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When they get their own phone. ;)

Seriously though, I have no clue. I don't yet have this situation w/ my 9 year olds and I'm glad I don't cuz I hate the phone. No one has called them yet and they haven't asked to call anyone. I'm sure it's coming SOON though. They are WAY more sociable than I've ever been.

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