Children and Cell phones?

United States
December 18, 2006 1:37pm CST
What do you think about 10-12 year olds having cell phones? My daughter has been constantly bugging me about getting her a cell phone. She is going to be 11 in February and kids here in town that are 8 years old and up are all carrying around cell phones. All her friends have one so she thinks she needs one. I've tried to explain to her that there is no reason for a cell phone. She isn't old enough to be out by herself..so I think it is crazy for parents to be spoiling their kids this way. What are your thoughts on the subject?
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@jimotman (633)
• Indonesia
19 Dec 06
I'm agree with you, I think children shouldn't get their own cell phones until they're at least 17. Why would they need a cell phone anyway? Besides, it's still unsure that the radiation of the cell phone will harm the children's health.
@malcido (422)
• United States
19 Dec 06
This is an interesting point, but there have been many studies done on this topic---I was listening to a scientific american podcast just a a couple of days ago and according to them, it has been determined that using a cell phone does not cause radiation related problems.
@baboni (198)
• China
19 Dec 06
i dun thnk she deserve it in such a younger age.as it can spoil her
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• India
19 Dec 06
I think giving mobile phones to children is not recommended it is useful for communication purpose but i don't think so they require mobile phones as they don't have to remain outside for long.
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• Romania
19 Dec 06
It wasn't so long ago that parents asked their teenagers to double-check that they had a quarter so they could call home, if need be. Then came cell phones. In 2000, just 5 percent of 13- to 17-year olds had cell phones. Today, 56 percent do, according to Linda Barrabee, wireless market analyst for The Yankee Group. Teens aren't just using their phones to talk. From rapid-fire "texting" to full-fledged Web browsing to videos and video games, cell phones have become portable computers. And that's opened up a whole new set of concerns.
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@siddhinfo (1501)
• India
19 Dec 06
It is very bad to give cell phone to the children of 11 year old. Let other children carry it. You make her understand about it.
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• Philippines
19 Dec 06
Don't get her one. Chances are it would get lost.
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• United States
18 Dec 06
I could go either way on this one. It depends on how often she is away from you. I would give a child that age a cell phone IF they were going to someones house for the night or weekend, if they were home alone at all, and any other time they would not be able to contact you unless they had the phone. I would purchase prepaid minutes though and make sure you laid the rules out on who they could and could not call. I think she probably just wants to be cool and fit in with the rest of the kids, but that is just it-they are kids and they dont really need one! Good luck validating your point to her though!!
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@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I would give my kid a cell phone, because you never know what can happen. Suppose you get separated in a mall. I think cell phones are a great way to give kids "practice" independence, especially of they are disabled. Take me for example; I'm in a wheelchair. I'm all grown up now, but I wish this technology had existed when I was a kid. I think it would've been great for me to practice being alone and doing things by myself, but still my have my mom a moment away via phone. Maybe that's a good a good strategy for your child, too, disabled or not.
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@innechen (1321)
• Indonesia
19 Dec 06
cellphone - cellphone
i think its no problem.in this era cell phone is not a new thing anymore,its even become a primary needs.by giving ur daughter a cell phone it also could help you in finding her anytime you feel you need too.what u have to control is the use of the credit of the cell phone so u wont get a high bills on ur daughter cell phone:)
• United States
19 Dec 06
There have been so many responses to this. I would like my daughter to have a phone to call me while she is at her dads every other weekend. The problem is if her dad sees that she has one, he would gladly run up the bill for her or try to tell me she lost it so he could keep it. Other than that the only time she is away from me is at junior camp in the summer, and normally I give her my cell phone then so she can call home on it. Thanks for the response.
• United States
19 Dec 06
A firefly requires a password & you can only call pre-programed #'s. So unless he's going to run up the bill on calling say you, then it should be n problem. Also I believe you can also limit the amopunt of time it can be used per day.
• United States
18 Dec 06
next thng you kids in kindergarten are going to be walking around with a cell phones but you should probably consider the disney mobile i think you would like that for her
• United States
18 Dec 06
I've thought about the disney mobile, but I still just don't see the reason for it right now...I just hate it when I see these kids walking around with the motorola sliver, and Razr's I think its crazy.
• Ireland
19 Dec 06
Well, from a different point of view, a mobile phone can teach them about responsibility and money. My daughter has one. When she got it first she thought she could text and make as many calls as she liked but then she was told she had to pay for her credit. Now she's not so bad. She's learned to use it responsibly. Most times she'll use it to call me if she's off school early or needs something. If she's out with friends she'll phone me to let me know where she is. So it's handy.
@popskoop (39)
• India
19 Dec 06
it's contactblity instru ment so that's no problem
• United States
19 Dec 06
I think your decision is the correct one. One of the kids of this generation is that their parents give them what ever they want. Withiut even thinking that if the child gets everything they want when they're you then they are going expectthe samething as an adult. And they'll have a very rude awakening. Anyways, stand your ground not every child has a cell phone.
• Malaysia
19 Dec 06
Well... in these days I would have to say that your daughter's thought is not wrong. Cell phones are basic needs for us now. But as parents I understand you worry that your child will misuse the facility. I suggest that you talk with her class teacher and make the teacher holds your daughter's phone during class hours. Before and after class it is important for the child to have some means of communication device who knows she might face an emergency and needs to use a phone?
• United States
20 Dec 06
I know my daughters school does not allow them to bring cell phones to school. If they bring them they are taken away and the only way to get them back is if a parent goes to pick them up. The only time I've ever seen her need for one is in the summertime when shes at camp for a week. I've always sent her with my cell. I may decide to get her one before this summer, but both my husband and I think she is too young. It might be different if she had alot of after school activities...but they don't even offer those until next year here. Thanks for your response.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
19 Dec 06
NO that age should not have one if their friend need to talk to them use the house phone! I grew up with no cel phone and realy the olny time I need one is if I am out on the road driving and need help Got along fine with a land line lol
@isha900 (1459)
• India
19 Dec 06
yes it is right they dont need
• Indonesia
19 Dec 06
I don;t think it nessesay. I don;t know about Ur country culture. But if her school is near from house, or you always pick her up, I think it is not nessesary to have one. me and my sis have cell phone when she 20 and I'm 17 years old. ^^
@kshambl (108)
• United States
19 Dec 06
what if you don't pick them up and drop them off?
• India
18 Dec 06
I think that children's below 18 years shouldn't be allowed to use cell phones.
@ryan444 (207)
• United States
18 Dec 06
What about children working? Or children extrememly active in school or sports?
@Zhanec (1652)
• Malaysia
21 Dec 06
I personally think it is too young. Why do they need it. To call their friends? They can use the regular telephone.Moreover its really dangerous as They could have them taken from them on the street
• India
21 Dec 06
My 15 year old has a cell phone. It is lower end without all the fancy stuff. I like the fact that she can use it to call me at anytime or 911 if necessary. It could be viewed as spoiling, but again it's a lower end model and buys me some peace of mind when she is not with me. ok.................bye.
@plumwish07 (4059)
• Indonesia
21 Dec 06
in my opinion if you able to give her cellphone, i think you should give the cellphone which one has design and feature for kids. It will make you easier to check her whenever you want if she go out for some time. But if you are not able to give her cell phone, i suggest you to explain her that at now she doesnt need much this things. I believe you know what a good way to persuade her :)
@ram_18y (275)
• India
21 Dec 06
do not give them
• Pakistan
21 Dec 06
yes cells have became an obsession here in pakistan people of every walks have started rating as their necessity even children shows off with ever changing designs