kids n cellphones

United States
April 24, 2007 8:06am CST
my kids want a cellphone. i see alot of kids with cell phones now adays. its almost like a new style or something. is cell phones good for kids? i am worried they will take the cell to school and be on the phone instead of working at what they are doing in school. does your kid have a cell? how do you feel about kids and cell phones? what is the right age to give a kid a cell phone?
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
24 Apr 07
My daughter has asked us for a cell phone. I have explained to her that she could get a cell phone if she found a way to pay for her own minutes on a pre pay cell phone. I figure this buys me sometime before she will be asking for one again.
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@mrbranan (1012)
• United States
24 Apr 07
All of my kids have cell phones and they are teenagers accept the last one. I want them to have them incase of an emergency and think they are good for that. My youngest is only 5 and yes she has one two. Before everyone has a fit about it let me tell you she has a medical condition and her phone will only dial to mine or her fathers cell phone.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I think it depend on the child and their age. My 15 yr old got a cell phone for christmas. We told him that we would pay for Jan and Feb and he had to take over the bill starting March. It is very useful because he is very active in sports so he can call me when he is done with practices ect. I also like him having it because he is at the age where he likes to 'hang out' with his friends. He is expected to call me from every different location they go to. He knows if he doens't check in regularly, he will not be hanging out for a long time. My 13 yr old also wants a cell phone. I have told him that when he has a job and can pay for it then he can get one. I do let him take my cell once in a while when he has sporting events and has to call me for a ride. As for taking them to school. Our school district will take the phones away from the kids if they are using them in school. The only way the kids can get them back is if the parents come in to get them. The kids also get a detention if on the cell during school hours.
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Our daughter is 9.She has asked for a cell phone,but we said no. I think it is a new style thing. She rarely even calls friends so why need a cell phone. She wants one she can play games on. My husband told when you have the money to buy iy yourself and pay either the monthly charge or for the minutes then you may have one. So far she is not to good at saving her money. I think when kids start to drive or are in alot of activities at school they are a nice thing to have alittle peace of mind.
@mama4kids (690)
• United States
24 Apr 07
i dont think that kids should have cell phones for health reasons. it has been proven with various studies that cell phones disrupt childrens brain activity. it has even been proven that if a man wears his cell phone on his hip or in his pocket, that his fertility is severely decreased. if you really feel that your child needs a cell phone, i would get a firefly one or one similar where they can only call pre programmed numbers, like your home number. that way, you know they will only use it when absolutely necessary. or you can do what i do....arm your child with change and tell her to use a pay phone if she needs to call.
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@kahheng (281)
24 Apr 07
Today we live in a ever technologically advance age where cell phone is moving from a luxury to a must-have. However, I do not agree that cell phone is a must-have in school. For working people, it is must-have. Yes, there are pros in children holding a hand phone in school. A good example would be they are easily accessable by thier parents and sibblings. However, the cons far out weight the pros here. Amongst them are, it post as a form of distraction to the studetns. Imagine this: teacher is teaching in class and every now and then someone's phone rings. Then there is a possibility of students taking it as another means to cheat in exams.. like sms-ing answers to one another. Finally, having students bring a cell phone to school is like having them bring a diamond ring to school, the possibility of being mugged, robbed becomes extremely high. Why bother with all those problem. There is no reason in contacting your children in school other than in emergencies. And if that happens, just go over to the school to find them.
• United States
25 Apr 07
thanks for the advice everyone that commented, i think i will tell my 5 year old that she can have one when she starts working next year, and my 12 year old will just have to wait a while for one.