Should parents pay for their child to have a cell phone?

United States
October 18, 2006 12:39pm CST
I know of many kids (around 9 or 10) who have cell phones. One child in particular, loses her phone just about every other month and her mom buys her the newest, coolest one at the time. Do you think parents should maybe make the child earn money to pay for his or her own cell phone if it is really something that the child wants (not needs) but wants.
3 responses
@trish32 (1471)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I think that children need to be taught responsibility and respect. If your child wants something frivolous or expensive they need to earn the money, or help earn the money, to buy it. If you buy them something expensive for a gift and they don't respect it, i.e. lose it, break it, then they should be the ones to earn the money to replace it.
@aquarian83 (1944)
• United States
20 Oct 06
i dont think child of age 9 or 10 need cell phones parents shldnt give such small kids cell phones to use
@stori1 (331)
• United States
18 Oct 06
I think it is foolish to keep buying new phones. My 13 year old does not have a cell phone because I feel she's not quite responible enough. But I will say this if I got her one which I've given some thought to if If can't insure it she won't have it. Tell your friend to go to and buy used good phones and all new ascessories dirt cheap.