Cell Phones

Debbie - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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At what age are kids getting cell phones these days? We are having a hard time with my step-daughter whose mother thinks it is fine for a 6 1/2 yr old to have one. Then when she is with us, she wants to do nothing but play and be on the phone. My husband and I both feel 61/2 is too young and not needed in any way. We both feel that 13 yrs old, at the earliest, is more reasonable. Comments please.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/07/2012

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For us, the decision to give a phone coincided with the discovery that pay phones do not exist any more.

Ours are all prepaid phones, no plan, no overages of minutes, no problems. We still have the same technology as the high priced "contract" companies, without the high bills, and headaches.

That being said, not before they are allowed to go out and about on their own. If you allow your child to bike all over town at the age of 8, then that is a good age. If you wait until they are older, then whenever they get a little more freedom is a good age.

I cannot see the necessity of a 5-7 yo having one, as (in most cases) they would never be in a situation where an adult wouldn't be immediately present, or at the very least, close enough that they could use that phone.

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