Cell Phones

Maxine - posted on 05/16/2010 ( 205 moms have responded )

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At what age do you feel is appropriate to give your child a cell phone?

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Ingrid - posted on 05/19/2010

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As a high school teacher, may I just say that I wish cell phones had never been invented?!?! The kids use them CONSTANTLY. I spend time every day either confiscating them or reminding kids to put them away. And frequently their response? "That text was from my mom/dad about picking me up after school." or something like that. Now granted, they are lying part of the time, but please parents! Train your kids to keep their phones OFF (they completely believe that the vibrate setting is the same thing) and don't call them or text them during class. They are completely baffled when I tell them that back in my day (which actually wasn't that long ago, I'm only 35) if there was a family emergency parents just called the school directly and the message got to the classroom moments later. I swear to them that old fashioned methods like that still work:)

Kimberly - posted on 05/21/2010

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Only the parent knows if their child would benefit with a phone. A 7 year old may be ok with one of the phones that can only call pre programed numbers into it, and used as a safety tool so they can call if they get lost, things like that.. I can only speak for my daughter though, and it has been wonderful. The bus let's her off at the end of our street after school now & she can text me when she's about home so I can watch for her and make sure she gets home safely. If the bus is late I don't freak out anymore because I can text or call her. When she stays at a friend's house, she can call or text me to let me know how things are going. Or if she is at a friends house and wants to come home but doesn't want to make her friend feel bad, she can text me without making it obvious to her friend by using their phone. I can just head over and say it's time to come home. School rules prohibit use during school. While she is at home, she is closely monitored on texting. Her phone is usually on the kitchen counter while at home. When she first got her phone, she texted all of her friends that had phones, and there was a lot of texting going on. After about a week or so, the fun of texting kind of went away and she doesn't really text that often unless it is to her dad, me, or her grandma. You of course must set rules and limits about the use of the phone and make them known. If the rules are not obeyed the phone is gone, period. My daughter knows this and has never broken a rule. Before getting your child a phone, ask yourself a few things: does the child obey rules at home and at school, do they take care of their personal property, are they always leaving something somewhere or losing things, do you feel they are hiding things from you. It's all just common sense.

Alyson - posted on 05/16/2010

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In my opinion, when they are old enough to stay at home by themselves and they understand it is a privilege and not a right.

Tiffany - posted on 05/16/2010

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well, i agree what my mom did with my lil sister. My lil sister was 7 when she got her first one, and my mom didnt buy it. She made her save her bday money and christmas money of she wanted one and buy it on her own. She told her she had to keep the min on it and she had to pay for everything to do with it or it would be cut off that she wasnt paying anything on it. So my lil sister is goin on 9 now and she still has her phone. She has learned to carefully manage her time spent on it. My mom of course checks her txts and call seeing how she is getting older and cell phones can be very dangerous. But i believe any age the parents feel comfortable with it is fine. And it depends on the maturity and behavior of the child.

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Carol - posted on 05/21/2010

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I got my now 17 yr old granddaughter her first cell phone when she was 14. Her then 9 yr old sister cried and whined so much about not having one too that her other grandparents got her one. The oldest one didn't have to have her phone replaced until it actually wore out but the 9 yr old was having hers replaced every 3 or 4 months (not by me) because she would throw it or drop it or otherwise break it. The 9 yr old (now 14) now lives with her other grand parents and I bought her a new phone at Christmas and put her on my plan which was cheaper than the plan her mother had her on. The grandparents used the phone mainly as a tool to punish her with, taking it away more than she was allowed to have it so I just took the phone back. They then bought her another phone so they would still have something to punish her with. Very expensive means of punishment if you ask me but then it's no longer my money they are using. I still have her phone active and when she is here for visits she is allowed full access to it. My 10 yr old grandson is constantly begging for a phone but when I ask him who he will call, he doesn't know anyone's phone number but mine lol. He is always with a family member who has a phone at this point but when he starts going places on his own he will probably get one. I pay for the phones because I feel that if I am the one who wants the kids to be able to call me if they need me or have a change in plans (happens a LOT) I am the one who should be responsible for them being able to. I wish there had been cell phones when my kids were growing up as there were many times I sat outside their work places (before they drove) waiting for their bosses to allow them to get off. There were also times they were out with friends/boyfriends and found themselves in situations they didn't want to be in. I don't think that if cell phones had been available at that time that the person putting them in a bad situation would have let them use their cell phones to get them out of it! Things change, times change, technology changes so I also don't think that someone who has a child who can't even talk yet can possibly know what they will do years from now when the situation arises. We all have/had game plans for how we would raise our kids, then life and reality took over.

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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Everyone is certainly entitled to their opinions. The truth is there is no right or wrong answer. Every situation is different.

Alison - posted on 05/21/2010

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i'm sorry. i just carried away with my opinions and believe me they are not always right

Bernie - posted on 05/21/2010

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I believe that a proper age is 15. I agree with Kerri White. If a child has after school programs; then there should be either access to the school telephones, or an adult responsible for the child (I'm certain) probably has a phone (in case of an emergency).

Amy - posted on 05/21/2010

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I think that it is all a matter of personal preference. I did not have a cell phone until I was pregnant with my daughter 11 years ago, but that was so that I could call my hubby if I went in to labor and he wasn't there.

Unfortunately, there are not enough pay phones around, so relying on that doesn't really work anymore.

I will let my daughter have one when she starts junior high in two years. She has afterschool activities now, but I am usually there. If I am not there, then an adult that I trust is. However, in not too long, that won't be the case.

I would rather my daughter, or son when he is older, have a cell phone and not need it, than need it and not have it. Besides, you can get a pretty reliable pre-paid cell phone. You just have to make sure that the kid knows that they only have a limited amount of time on the phone and if they use them up talking to their friends, then they are S.O.L. until next month.

Also, there are ways for younger kids to earn some money to pay for this. You could have it as part of their allowance (take some money away to pay the bill) or have them do extra chores for you and other family members to pay for their cell phone.

Saying that a teenager doesn't need a cell phone today because "I didn't have one when I was a teen" is the same as saying that a teen doesn't need internet access because "I didn't have it when I was a teen." These things have become almost necessary.

Kendra - posted on 05/21/2010

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Mostly, I'd say it depends on your situation, and the child's responsibility.

My minimum age was 12, that it was to be paid for (chores work) and then there was the requirement that they prove responsible in keeping up with and taking care of stuff.
I don't think children younger than that
a) should need it for safety, since they need adult supervision and interaction at least to that point (and it's too tempting to say 'it's ok - they have the cel phone for emergencies' and allow things you otherwise would not) or
b) should need it for social reasons, since they should be given plenty of face-to-face interaction opportunities, and again, the temptation to interact primarily over the phone is not good.

Christine - posted on 05/21/2010

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I have a very strong opinion about adolescent cell phone use. I do not believe a child should have a cell phone until at least the age of 13. When they do get a phone they need to have very strict guidelines and only be given it when they are at a friends, staying after school for sports or other activities. They once they have proven they are responsible then start letting them have it more often. I do admit I do like when they do get one because it is a good thing for me to take away from them for not listening. I am a mother of 4 plus one stepdaughter. My stepdaughter just got a cell phone with unlimited use and we are NOT happy at all with her use of it. She texts her friends all of the time...like an addiction.

User - posted on 05/21/2010

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I gave my son a cell phone at age 7. It was essential and I felt at ease when his coach or friend of mine picked him up for or from practices, he would call when he got in the car or text when he got there. It kept lines of communication open via text. He was very responsible with it, he's only lost it once ever, he is now 13. I do periodically look at his text's

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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We can't all be supermom and I'm definitely far from it, that is why I use today's technology to help me protect our kids. I've always taught our kids they can come to me for anything no matter how bad they think the situation is. Nothing gets resolved when you don't talk about what's going on. My husband is a tremendous help as well. Every kid needs someone to count on. Children are our future and they are precious gifts from god.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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It totally depends on the maturity of the child. My daughter (age 15) has diabetes and she has a cell phone so she can call me anytime she needs me. Yes, there are adults usually everywhere she is, but the cell phone gives her the security she needs knowing she can call me anytime. My 12 year old son has a phone too, I think he is a little young for it, as he uses it for texting his friends and goofing off. I'm thinking of disconnecting my home phone (we never use it) so I am glad both kids have a phone to use when they need it. With the family plan and ulimited text messages, it isn't really that much to add the lines.

Deena - posted on 05/21/2010

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When they are teenagers, show responsibilty, and pay for some if not all the cost.

Erin - posted on 05/21/2010

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I remember many times when I missed the bus to/from school. I remember sitting on the curbside trying not to cry, figuring out how I was going to her home. I also remember a few times when I didn't communicate properly (my own fault) with my parents before school when I was staying late for something and my parents driving all over the place not knowing where I was, my mom in the driver's side balling her eyes out because she thought something had happened.

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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Just a quick message for those who worry about growing brains and under development. Our daughter has made honor holl every year, every quarter of her life and has no headaches, signs of brain tumors or any other health problems. She's had her cell phone for 5 yrs. and is in perfect health.

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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True. I agree a lot of it is circumstances and it's up to the parent to teach their kids the responsibility of having a cell phone and consequences of misuse. Courtney was dropped off at the wrong bus stop when we lived in Texas. Talk about a scared little girl, she was 9 then and that was the day we decided to get her a phone and educate her on the use.

Sandi - posted on 05/21/2010

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It isn't always "age". it's circumstance. Gave my grandson his first cell phone when he started riding the bus to school for the first time for safety reasons. In case he missed the bus back home, etc. He was 11. He lived within walking distance for elementary school, but had to ride the bus for middle school.

Erin - posted on 05/21/2010

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I agree, if you're going to try and protect your kids from everything that could be cancerous or cause illness or whatever, you might just as well create a bubble for them. Protect them from drugs and cigarettes but a cell phone could save your child's life.

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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If I had to worry about every stupid thing that could give my kids a brain tumor, cancer, you name it then I'd be a freaking basket case! I'll be damned if my 13 yr. old daughter is going to not have help available when needed. A girl recently had her shirt ripped off her at a nearby school..Do you honestly think for one minute I will allow our daughter to be in a situation where she can't call for help. Look at the girl in California at a school dance, gang raped outside the building and not one damn ignorant soul would help that girl!!!! So excuse me for doing my best to protect our daughter, especially with my husband at sea for 8 months. I am the rock and the only protection my children have. I have our 4 kids to think of, and I will do whatever is necessary for our kids protection. I could care less about all the kids that complain of what they don't have. We stick within our budget, and it's not our problem if some kids have parents that aren't believers in kids having cell phones. Don't get me wrong, I would never think less of anyone that doesn't want their kids to have one. However, don't knock those of us down who need them or want them for our kids for our own personal reasons.

Erin - posted on 05/21/2010

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I didn't read all of the replies, just the first half or so, so sorry if I repeat something someone else said. I only have a one year old, and until reading this I didn't really even think about the subject. I think until around the age of 12 or so it would be helpful to have an extra, prepaid, family phone (or more, if necessary.) This way it's not something I 'd have to pay on every month but if my child was going to be out to a movie or at a friends house or at a sport or staying late at school, she could have it for that time. I remember being a kid quite well and I definitely don't remember finding talking on the phone something I would describe as FUN so I don't think I'd even need to make a point that it was for emergencies only. And if she calls a friend, so what? I also remember being at a friend's house for a sleepover or whatever and wishing I had a way to get in touch with my parents because I didn't like it and wanted to go home. And I'm sure there's at least once in each child's life that they're with their friends who are about to make a bad decision and you really don't want to do it, but you're with all your friends. I bet they'd (sometimes) make a better decision if they had a chance to text mom or dad and help them get out of the situation. I think around the age of 12 though they could have their own phone, I would put 10 dollars a month on it and anything extra would be her responsibility. I definitely do see the importance of them, and yes, when most of us were kids we didn't have cell phones and we're all still here. But if we all think about it, things don't get better they get worse and crime rates are higher etc. A phone might not help in a kidnapping but if you're kid fell and broke his ankle on the playground do you really want to hope that someone else has a phone? I do, however, intend on teaching my children manors and respect and work ethic and will not show them that it's okay to chat on the phone or text at the dinner table or while cashing out at a register or while at work or in school. But that's a whoolle other lesson and one that's probably not going to be easy to do!

Jessica - posted on 05/21/2010

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cell phones definitely emit electromagnetic fields and YES< this does affect a growing child's brain. there are many studies outside of the US (where research is choked by telecommunications companies) that point to cell phone use and brain damage / tumors. seriously people! these are your KIDS ! and now all the bandwagon parents who cannot bear to hear their kids nag about how they don't have a damn cell phone are making MY KID want a cell phone - because "every one else has one". NO NO NO - if she does get one - when she is in high school with a job and paying for it herself - i will INSIST she use a headset.

Susan - posted on 05/21/2010

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I feel you need to use your own judgement with this one as some kids are more responsible than others. Every kid is different and have different maturity levels. We got our daughter hers when she was 9 and monitored the use. I think all cell phone companys can help you with blocking from calling over a certain amount of minutes and help control the text use for those text happy teens.

Bobbie - posted on 05/21/2010

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If you think your child needs a cell phone give it to them for emergency calls. Get a phone that is pay as you go. You can buy a 10.00 worth of minutes. Stress to them that the phone is only for important calls not to be used to call their friends just to be used to call their parents or care providers. There are sometimes in a child's life that they really need to talk to their parents if they feel uncomfortable with a situation like staying the night with other children. Many people today do not have land lines. And the child might be embarrassed to call on someone elses phone and say he was scared, had an accident, has a headache. I know this is what my friend did for her son when he was 10 and it worked. He is 17 now and pays for his own phone by working after school and on weekends.

Michelle - posted on 05/21/2010

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Not sure it's as much of an age thing as much as a safety tool. I think it depends on how your home life works. I teach at the school my children attend, and we go home together, so obviously I am not getting my 10 year-old boy a phone. Any sports he does, we drive to and from and attend. However, I know some families have their children walk/ride home at that age, or have so many sports that parents can't always be there, and in that case it may be right to give them a phone. You also have to take into consideration how responsible each child is. (However, I think giving a phone to most 7 year olds is ridiculous....) There are lots of parental controls you can put on depending on child's age as well; no texting, buying minutes beforehand, no internet access; etc.

Kathie - posted on 05/21/2010

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my 16 year old daughter has had one since she was 13. it is the only dependable way to keep in touch with her during after school activities. most of her friends have cells but many have limited minutes and do not like to loan them out. she has unlimited minutes and unlimited texting. she can contact me at any time. my 7 year old son wants a cell but i don't think it is necessary for him yet. i still take him to all his activities. and he isn't allowed out of "hollering" distance when he's outside playing.

Jenn - posted on 05/21/2010

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I won't let my kids have one until they are old enough to pay for it themselves. I know it won't make me cool or popular, but oh well, I don't see the need for it.

Barb - posted on 05/21/2010

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When they are old enough to go places (friends houses) or when you can just drop them off at a practice of any type. Just keep the minutes and texting limited. Make sure they know if there is any miss use the phone will be taken away.

Jen - posted on 05/21/2010

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As much as you think a child "NEEDS" a cell phone, is it really worth increasing their odds of brain tumor twentyfold? Cell phones did not used to exist just a generation ago so they cannot be necessary. It is the parent's ultimate decision, but they should be well informed of the risks. And cell phones should never be used by children.

MaryJo - posted on 05/21/2010

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People keep saying when kids are mature enough. Teenagers are sexting and bullying with texts so does this question include texting or just calling? The reason people are opposed to kids having cell phones is the potential abuse in the name of fun. Kids live for the moment and do not think of the ramifications of their actions. I just don't think any 7 year old is "mature enough". Teenagers with cell phones have to be very closely monitored by parents.

Sherree - posted on 05/21/2010

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My oldest and second oldest children had to wait until they were seniors in high school to have a phone. There really wasn't the need before that. My youngest got to have a phone when she was in 9th grade because her siblings no longer attend the same school (sibling with phone could get message to other sibling), and we need to have after school communication (i.e. staying late; running late after errands; etc.). Although my youngest gets to enjoy the benefits of having the cell, she knows that the purpose is to be able to communicate with parents.

Anne Marie - posted on 05/21/2010

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i think they should have one once they start going out ont their own, including bussing to school. My daughter was 12. I was a mom that said no teenager or child needs a cell phone. The second day at my daughter's new school she took a bus home and took the wrong one, despite practise runs on the bus. She ended up at the other end of the city with no way to get a hold of us. She was reported as a missing person as we could not find her. She borrowed a cell phone of a stranger but by the time i got bach to that number a few minutes later she was already gone. She told the person why she needed the phone but instead of that adult referring her properly she had her take another bus. So you can't always count on other people giving them the right advice. My youngest now has a phone and his friends parents are always happy to let them go out with him as they know they have a way of contact if they need help. I do insist that they always answer my texts or calls it is for safety that I got my kids their phones and now am a firm believer in them.

Kimberly - posted on 05/21/2010

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It all depends on the child. If the child is responsible with their things that they have already, then maybe it's time. I bought my daughter one when she turned 11 because she has always been a very responsible kid. I knew she would keep track of it and not misuse it. I started her out with my old phone and told her that she would get a new one if she treated the old one well. She knows just having a phone is a privilege that can be taken away. It's been 5 months and so far I believe it was a good decision to get her one.

Sherley - posted on 05/21/2010

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It all depends on the child; how responsible he/she can be in your eyes. Only you know ur child best. For what reason the cell phone is needed-- security reason, to call in case of emergency or is it to use to be in touch with friends/family with restricted guidelines. As long as appreciation, respect enters the realms of who pays the bill-- not a toy rather a tool, I think it can be a great way to keep in touch with our kids.

Corrina - posted on 05/21/2010

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We gave my son a cell phone when he was 12. Mainly because we thought it was convenient for him to have it so that we could contact him when we needed to especially as he had a little more freedom to go to places etc.
We got it on pre paid and as he uses the house phone at home we gave him a $10 limit per month. And the stipulation that he must always have at least $1 on it at all times so that he can contact us in an emergency. We have not had any issues with him about the phone at all so far and he has been very responsible in its use.

Silvia - posted on 05/21/2010

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I have 2 daugthers 15 and 10 and I only gave my daughter a cell when she started high school because at that point she did not have a bus she was a walker. I don't think is appropiate before I don't undertand how kids in elementary are going around with cell

Jessica - posted on 05/21/2010

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see i think a cell phone is needed ones the child is goin out more and hangin out cause that way u can always contact them to fint out see my child is not even a year. but i would reather see her with one when she older cause u never know what could happin. an as far as ^payin for it. i would go halfs on it with her she paid for half and i would pay for the other its only far their only childern their not ppl u can say u cant have this or that. i mean i phone is so usedful like what happen it they were at a party and one got really sick they could call

Charity - posted on 05/21/2010

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I think it depends on the maturity level of the child, your finances, and how responsible the child is to not loose it, break it, things like that. My son is 8 and he got one for Christmas. We don't have a landline and he is able to be home by himself for brief stretches and we needed a way for him to contact us or someone for help if he needs it, plus the child locator is wonderful so I always have a general electronic picture of where he is. He walks himself to school in the morning and sometimes home after school and he talks to us the whole way home so we know when he reaches school and is then watched by them and when he is safely locked back in our house with our dogs watching him til we get hom a few minutes later. I've blocked the internet access and access for him to purchase anything from that phone. He has the family unlimited text plan along with the family plan minutes. We haven't gotten to the point of him being on the phone non stop yet so overage hasn't been an issue yet but we will talk to him about it if needs tocome up. It's only $10 a month ($120 a year), he's on our plan, the phone was a free phone and he'll get a free upgrade every 2 years (certain phones obviously) as long as we renew our contract. Was cheaper than going prepaid since he uses it daily to contact me and my husband. Prepaid's cost a lot per minute of usage compared to adding him to our plan and the phones have much more features and I didn't have to pay any extra for it.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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I don't think that there is any right answer to that one..I have seen kids that are 7 or 8 having a cell phone..my opinion is what the hell does a kid that young need a cell for? I understand if the kid has extracircular activities in jh or hs..than ok...but not to have on them at all times..Kids don't need to have a phone attached to their ear..I remember when I was a kid..i wanted to go outside and play with my friends...kids these days have changed soo much..they want to grow up to fast..I have 3 girls of my own..and my oldest is 12..she is excited about getting a facebook next year (which yes, I told her that she had to be 13)..and I told her that she wouldn't have a cell phone until that she was old enough to pay for one..we have an extra one here that she can use when she is doing things at school and doesn't know when they are done..but having a young child with a cell phone permanently, I don't know..I guess it all depends on the maturity of the child and if they are responsible and careful enough to have one,.

Melissa - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son got his cell phone when he hit middle school... We added the phone onto our plan and it comes with unlimited texting and only cost us 13 a month to add him... I'm not sure what all plans some of these others have that are running 50 a month! I would NEVER agree to something like that... With that being said, he knows the rules.. The phone does NOT go to school unless he is staying after... The day I see his grades drop, the phone is gone... He has not internet access on his phone, I get his text messages.. He wasn't too happy with that at first, but then after explaining to him that technically it's not his phone, it's MINE, he agreed...

My whole reason behind getting it in the first place was so that I could get in touch with him while he was at his father's house that at that time wouldn't answer the phone when I would call so I couldn't talk to him..

Quite frankly, people who believe that these couldn't help save your child are completely WRONG! Take it from the wife of a police officer who has used phones to locate people... All they have to do is call the phone company that is used, the company sends out a Ping, and the phone company can locate the person within a certain amount of feet and depending on the perks the phone has upto an exact location...

Megan - posted on 05/21/2010

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We bought them for our kids when we started dropping them off for sports-practices, especially when they were late at night.We told them they didn't need them till they were away from us for more then an hour! They were 11 and 12. Good luck!

Alison - posted on 05/21/2010

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I agree with you. I just read about an eight year old with a cell phone and texting and preditors can find access to their phones to. Not just the internet.

Alison - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hello maxine. i have four daughters and one son. I am 36 years old and my oldest is 19 today and then 17 and then comes my 11 year old who extremely wants a cell phone. We lived without cell phones. It's real difficult with pressures from other parents who give in their children's wants and in return our children pressure us to do the same. I say no cell phone until the seventh grade. Really what reason do they need a cell phone before then. If they are still little then what need do they have for a phone. They can walk back in the school and use the office phone to call you like we did . thats my opinion because I'm trying to keep them as young as possible because these days children are growing up way to quick.

Laura - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hi, I'm 48 and the mom of 3 wonderful college students. I know that we live in a world of technology and I'm all about it. I'm also in college to become a high school teacher. I go to every workshop on technology and media, so I can incorporate that into my classroom. However, with cell phones and children, I feel that parents should be careful not to let the technology monopolize all their time. It's not been that long ago that we survived just fine without cell phones and video games. I think that the best time for a cell phone is when there is a need for it. If both parents work and the child is away from home a lot you might want to give them a cell phone to keep in touch. I definitely agree it should be pre-paid so they have to limit their time on it. If you are a stay at home mom, I see no reason why a child needs a cell phone, if you have a home phone. Just my thoughts. I see so many kids today totally immersed in cell phones, computer chats, and video games to the point there is never any interaction between family members. People need people; real live, I can touch you and hug you people...



I forgot to add that my kids all got their first cell phones when they turned 16 and got their first job. They each started with a prepaid and then went to a regular service. They are 21, 23 and 24, each in college; one in California, and two in Georgia; We live in KY. All three are very responsible and understand the value of not having money all the time. But it's not just about the money, we liked doing things together as a family, ballgames, nights out where the girls worked at, my sons wrestling matches, and just sitting and talking. The kids never had t.v.'s in their rooms when they were little and by the time they were in high school and did have one in their room, even when their friends were over, and that was almost every day, they always wanted to watch t.v. or play games in the living room with us. I wouldn't trade those days and wish I had a few of them back.

Taneisha - posted on 05/21/2010

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pre teen maybe about 11 or 12, it just depends on the maturity level of the child

Imelda - posted on 05/21/2010

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well my son declan was eight when he got his first phone, he got it as a communion gift, he has basic number , mommy daddy grandparents and 911 that is all he can use for now,, but of course he is the expert on texthing, it amazes me how they learn so fast..

Deirdre - posted on 05/21/2010

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I think once they are old enough to walk to school and other activities on their own they need a cell phone. That way I can check on them while htey are walking and they can call when they reach their destination. My oldest daughter was in the 6th or 7th grade. My twin boys are seven now and I don't see any need for them to have a cell phone when I'm with them everywhere they go. why rush them into growing up.

Kimberley - posted on 05/21/2010

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My oldest daughter got her first phone when she was 12 because thats when she started having after school activities, etc. So I felt like she needed it at the time, that was 7 years ago and things have changed throughout tthe past few years. I now have a daughter that is 10 years old annd she has gotten her first phone already. I do see quite a few 10 year olds with phones now days. My personal opinion is age 10 would be appropriate.

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