Cell phones and kids.

@jillhill (37354)
United States
June 8, 2007 8:16pm CST
I saw a kid about 10 years old riding his bike and talking on a cell phone. Not only did it impair his capibilities for riding down the street, but do you think maybe he was a little young to have his own cell phone? Maybe I am old fashioned and maybe his parents think it's a good way to keep track of him and maybe it is a saftey factor too. What do you think about someone that young having a cell phone or do you think it's okay?
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
11 Jun 07
My daughter is 10 and she too has a cell phone. It's great because she can call me when practice lets out early- she can call if someone is bugging her- She has to walk to school- Town law-- within a certain distance to school- kids have to walk- I don't care if it is a small town there are alot of predators out there- It's just not as safe as it was when we were kids- There are no pay phones anymore up on main street or anywhere else in town- So I decided this was the year for a phone- It is mostly for safety- But now that she has it- and we have the family share plan- she uses it instead of the tieing up the home phone. She can also talk to her cousins and aunt/uncle/dad in other states for free- I see nothing wrong with getting a cell phone for these reasons.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I can see where it would be very convient and a saftely factor too.....
10 Jun 07
I agree with the bike! That was extremely silly thing to do. As for the age.. I think if a child is mature enough to be out alone then they are mature enough to have a phone. I personally fee;l alot safer with my eleven year old having his phone on him so that I can call and check he is ok and that he can call me if he needs me.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Yes for communication purposes I can see how much of an advantage it gives a parent. Good point.
@alpine_007 (1476)
• Pakistan
9 Jun 07
i don't think that children of ten years should have mobile because they don't know much and they destroy the mobile and can also create problem for themselves, if that child was riding a cycle where i live theivs must have snatched the mobile, so i think it is very dangerous for small children
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I was worried more about him being able to control his bike while talking! It was a very dangerous situation.
• United States
9 Jun 07
I think is perfectly fine and a good idea for kids to have cell phones, especially if their parents work. When my friend (he's still in high school) lost his cell phone, it caused a lot of problems for the family because he couldn't contact anyone so he could be picked up from school, and if he had to stay late the family had no way of knowing where he was. Kids having phones also allows their mothers to contact them if they need to come home unexpectedly or if there is an emergency. My friend in high school who was an exchange student from Japan told me that in Japan almost every person has a cell phone, even little children. I don't see any reason for a child NOT to have a cell phone, especially in the city. It's even more important these days because there are fewer payphones to be found in public places since its assumed every person has a cell phone. On my college campus, the payphone was taken out and there is NO way for a person to call home unless he lives in the dorm (and I don't) so there were many times when I was stranded with no way to call home before I had my own phone. It would be very bad if something like that happened to a young child.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Good and bad points for sure! I guess it's really up to the parent. Thanks for the response.
• United States
9 Jun 07
I believe that there is no reason for a child to have a cell phone. The only reason for a child under driving age to have a cell phone is if they take part in a sport or activity that requires them to travel with other people outside of their family. And then the child should only have one of the phones that only preprogram a couple of numbers for emergencies. At the most, a child could be allowed a prepaid phone (like a disney phone) that the parent could keep absolute control over. Under no circumstances should a child be allowed to ride their bike while talking on a cell phone--if I were that child's mother I would have never let him get away with that.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I think the same way....he could have lost his balance and got hit by a car! Good idea getting a prepaid then using it only when necessary!