Kindergartner with a Cell Phone??

@Michele21 (3094)
United States
May 25, 2007 7:29am CST
My daughter came home from school a few days ago and told me one of the little boys in her class has a cell phone!! These kids are 6 years old, why do they need a cell phone?? I asked her why she thought he had his own cell phone and she said maybe if he gets lost he can call his Mommy. Good idea from such a little girl =) Would you get your kids a cell phone at such a young age??
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
25 May 07
Thats unreal....I would never start my children at that young of a age with a cell. I told my children if they wanted a cell that they would have to buy it themselves and pay the each month, and to be honest they are 10 and under with NO money lol......A phone is a privilege not a toy. This mother is in for a long hull with her 6 year old =) Best wishes Stacy
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• Netherlands
25 May 07
My daughter is 4 years old and she has her own cell phone with limited access since 6 months ago and I think it's also has a gps/tracking in it. She knows how to dial us as we shown her how to use it and she use it wisely. It's not that we let her out of our sight, but you'll never know. And for me, it's also for her own protection. She never allowed to have it during school time though.
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@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
28 May 07
Excellent idea!
@d_hapke (165)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I agree. My son is almost 9 and he wants one but seeing how he treats his gameboy and such, he's not ready. But, I would buy one that is preprogrammed and cheap if I knew he wouldn't lose it. I can bet that my husband will buy one for my daughter as soon as he can. She's his first girl and protects her to the hilt! I think the younger generations don't see a cell phone the way we do (in our 30s and 40s) We saw them when they were big and bulky. Now, they are so small you lose them!
• United States
25 May 07
I'm not sure. My mom and her fiance bought one for her fiance's son and he's 11 now but he's had it a few years. They bought it because he goes to his mom's house every other week and she won't let the kids call their dad. So they bought him one that is $10 a month and you can only hold a certain amount of numbers that you program in. I think it's good for him because if him and/or his sister have any problems at their mom's house then they can use that phone and call since their mom won't let them call their dad.
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
25 May 07
That is a great reason to get kids a phone! but not so they can take it to school and show it off =)
• United States
25 May 07
Maybe he has to keep in touch with his stock broker,or film agent,or psychicatrist.Everyone is a "Rock Star".
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@samson1967 (7422)
• India
25 May 07
6 years is not the right age at all to possess a cell. No school will permit their students to use a cell in the school premises. I think that kid is getting too pampered by his parents. Yes... parents can give a cell to their siblings if they are away from them, in their relatives place, to ease the communication.
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
25 May 07
That was great answer from your daughter. If we could afford to have cell phones I would buy my daughter the one that you pre-program. So that she could only use to call home or her grandparents. She is nine. we dont even have cell phones so right now it isnt an option.
@fyrechsr (293)
• United States
25 May 07
I tell me kids the only way they are getting a cell is if they buy it themselves. The boys arent to interested in one but my daughter(15) cant wait. She is starting a babysitting job next week so I am waiting to see how long before she goes for it lol. As for young kids with cells I am so used to seeing that where I am. Its almost like the parents run out as soon as the kid can talk and get them a cell. Glad they can afford it.
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
25 May 07
I wish I could afford it!!! Must be nice....thanks for your responce!
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• United States
25 May 07
My friend just bought one for her daughter who is 11. I was wondering if she wasn't a little young for a cell phone. She bought her a prepaid cell phone though. It came with 30 minutes and she also gave her a 20 minute card (her birthday) any additonal minutes she is going to be expected to earn the money for. I think it is a good idea to teach her about responsibility. I think that 6 is way to young though!
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@UDDERONES (888)
• United States
25 May 07
No way would I get a kindergartner a cell phone. That is too much responsiblity for a kindergartner. Cell phones aren't cheap and someone else could get ahold of it and run the charges up.
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@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
26 May 07
It has become a trend here as well where kids in kindergarten and schools bring hand phones to school. Some parents found it a necessity to equip their kids with some kind of communication devices so that they can get in touch with their kids as and when they need to. However, some of them are doing that for the sake of showing off only.
@miaolin (397)
• China
26 May 07
I think I won't.That's indeed a good reason that why kids need a cell phone.But I don't think they have known it and how to use it correctly.Maybe it's right to let kids have cell phone in kindergartner because they are innocent.Whereas,in my traditional opinion,I won't agree on it.
@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
26 May 07
I do think that it is too early for kids at 6 years old to have a cellphone , it is to early for them to use this device , they might misuse it without knowing its danger
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@MGjhaud (20737)
• Philippines
26 May 07
well when i first knew of someone so young having a cellphone on the young age, i was a bit shocked and amazed that parents acquire such gadgets for their children and i wonder what for.. well on the other hand there's use for children to have it you know. they can communicate with their moms or love ones even if they're in school. their parents can update whats going on. bad side of this matter is.. children can be distracted using this kind of gadget. some would use or play during classes. some might not study their lesson because they're too busy texting or calling their friends. especially if cellphone is new.
@gloria777 (1678)
• India
26 May 07
No way at all. I can't even imagine on this. I think we have become too possessive due to these gadgets. Earlier there were no mobiles and people where very much free. But now we just call up our partners, children, parents now and then just to find out whether they reached college, home, office, markets etc.,
• United States
26 May 07
The idea of having one if they get lost is great. But most likely at 6, the phone is what is going to get lost. If parents can't get their teens to be responsible with one, I'm not sure how you can get a 6 yr. old to be responsible with one. So NO, I would not get my 6 yr. old a cell phone.
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• United States
26 May 07
Quite a few years back, all the rage was to have an answering machine. Before that everyone survived not having one, but suddenly everyone had to have one. Why? I made them feel important..and everyone else had one, they had to have one. Now people want the exact opposite of an answering machine. They want a cell phone? Why the change? Well, there was a time that only doctors had them. Then business people....wow! Important people have them. If I have one, I will be important! How many times have I seen obviously poor women with a a few children running around, not being watched...and the mother is chatting away on the cell phone. Now babies need cell phones. I realize that we live in an unsafe world and that children are not as protected as they were in 1950...but giving a child a cell phone is not about that...the kids talk on them with their friends...run up the bill...they don't use them for protection, although they could. I had a friend say to me when she found out that I do not have a cell phone, "Well, I guess you don't leave the house much, do you?" How could I leave the house without a cell phone?
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• United States
26 May 07
My kid has known how to use a cell phone for a while now.I got her one when I almost lost her at the fair.I don't think I would have gotten her one at that age though unless it was really necessary.
• Canada
26 May 07
I think that's nuts. I don't think young kids like that need cell phones. Those of us who were kids before the cell phone age survived without relying on one. If we got lost, there was always a pay phone to use or a Block Parent or something. I think too it teaches kids to be too materialistic. They should be out playing not bothering with cell phones!
• United States
26 May 07
I think it is too young for a cell phone. You're daughter is very smart though. I have seen cell phones I think it is Disney where it is made for younger kids and teens. They have a GPS tracker and you can program the numbers your kids are able to call and monitor all of this. I would find this to come in handy but I dont see it being necessary for a 6 year old. I think whenever the child is old enough to really start going over to friends' houses and staying out alittle by themselves then I would buy my kid a cell like the one I was talking about. It can be useful but kids that age may lose it or abuse it. Thats too young.
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@Nykkee (2523)
• Canada
26 May 07
Personally, I don't have children yet, but if I do have children one day I have every intention of getting them a cellphone, I would probably set it so they could only call certain numbers, but they would definitly have it as soon as I could teach them how to use it, I am a worrier and I could never let my child out of my site knowing that I couldn't contact them, I think a child having a cellphone is a wondeful security blanket for a parent, especially in the first years of school, being able to check-in with them at recess and lunch could be a great comfort.