Why kids shouldn't have cell phones...

@sedel1027 (17854)
United States
February 9, 2007 4:52pm CST
Another good reason kids shouldn't have a cell phone. A third grader in New York state made 135 prank 911 phone calls over a ten day period with a prepaid cell phone her parents bought for emergencies. ( http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,251162,00.html ) This is as much of the parents fault as the kids. I don't agree with giving a child that young a cell, but since they did, the parents should have taken the time out to teach the child what is an emergency. The parents should have monitored if the phone was being used. A parent should be aware of how mature their kid really is and not give them more responsibiltiy than they should have.
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6 responses
@rash219 (808)
• United States
9 Feb 07
lol now i have herd of that before...but did u also know that there are adults who call emergency help line to flirt with the TechOnLine or even ask "How do i make a Turkey" seriously no joke
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
9 Feb 07
If they are calling 911 as a joke and the police find them, they can go to jail for playing pranks.
@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
9 Feb 07
Well they should just track the kid down and make his parents pay an insanely high fine for something like this. That ought to make sure it didn't happen again.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
9 Feb 07
They may actually have this child go thorugh the legal system an dget charged for what her and the friends did.
@kerbausama (1336)
• Malaysia
13 Feb 07
because they will waste the money for nothing..besides it make them easy target for crime.. .
@Sailor (1161)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I agree with you, I like children/youngsters having a cell phone because in an emergancy, there is a traking option on phones. But the parent must go over the phones uses and rules. This will save a lot of headaches and fines.
@feeding11 (222)
• United States
10 Feb 07
Yes monitored for sure. Third grade is young but there is such a thing called a go phone where parents put in 4 numbers and the kid just pushes one button to call the selected person. Wonder why third grader has phone anyway? Unless being used if child is away so much from both parents or kid is in 2 different homes due to divorce.
9 Feb 07
i agree....it totally is the parents fault........!!! they should have atleast educated the kid about the importance of the phone n value of money.......before providing her with the phone...!! kids can have cells....but only if its a total emergency....like in the above storyy....the parents might be working....and the mst be staying alone a lot....so they were worried about their kids safety.......