do you think cellphone for kids is ok?
3 Feb 08
i think that's a bit too young an age to have cell phones too. i haven't seen kids that age with phones though. if i really had to buy a phone for my kids, it would be when they were teenagers. though i'd rather not buy, i would if my children asked provided i was satisfied with their reasons and all since for me, use of cellphones is mainly for keeping in touch or for emergency uses. i don't make much use of the musics and videos and all. though the generation is different today.
3 Feb 08
Hi. Mobile phones can cause sleep problems, headaches and confusion as well as other biological effects from radiation. I personally use an Angel battery in mine to eradicate this so I wouldn't be happy letting young children have a mobile phone. I think my daughter was about 14 when she first got one and that was a pay as you go emergency one to be able to contact me or for me to be able to contact her when she was out. Think children use theirs to text more than to call so effects far less. I think 10 far too young but again it is a praents personal choice whether to allow and family circumstances. It could be the 10 year needs phone to text to say at station as they need a ride home.
• United Kingdom
3 Feb 08
I think it depends on the kid really. My 8 year old has got one but he doesn't take it anywhere with him. Well, except to his dads. He'd always played with pretend ones (or my old broken ones!) then for once I got a new one before my old one got broke so he had my old one when he was 6 just for messing about with and so he didn't keep trying to play games and stuff on mine! I bought him a basic cheap one of his own on his 7th birthday. I wouldn't want him to take it out with him all the time because, if he's out he should always be with a grown up. I do think it was ok for him to have a phone but that has nothing to do with his age as there are loads f kids I know who I don't think should have one. I don't think it matters how old kids are when they have them but the way they use them should differ. I don't think there is any need for a child under 10 to carry a phone with them all the time but if they are out with a friend and their parents, it can be useful to know you can get in touch with them. And I think technology is important and kids do need to be able to use these things. My 8 year old also has his own email address. I wouldn't have done that a few years ago but now, email and cell phones are taking over from everything else so I think it's important for kids to use them and learn how to use technology responsibly. It's different from when I was 8. Cell phones were as big as todays PCs and email wasn't heard of but now they are important parts of society and I think the problem with them all becoming so popular so quickly is that people have forgotten how to communicate in person so learning from a young age to integrate technology into your life is better than suddenly getting it all as a teenager (when you're going to be ignorant anyway!) and ending up obsessed.
• United States
3 Feb 08
Horribly unnecessary for the younger kids. My mom never got me a cell phone until I went off to boarding school almost 4 hours away. Then she figured she'd get me a cellphone so I could contact friends in study groups and talk to her occasionally. It's rather ridiculous for kids under 15 or 16 to have cell phones.
• United States
12 Feb 08
My son started asking for one at about age 10 and I said no. There seemed to be no reason in my mind for him to have one. When he started middle school, he REALLY started asking for one and I said no. Then as he was growing up and doing more on his own, whether it be walking around the neighborhood or at a friends house, I reconsidered. At 14, he finally admitted that at school, it was a social thing. So I got him one with the conditions of minutes and texting that he had to abide by. He's sixteen now, has the same phone, and a job. I am glad to be able to communicate with him and find out where he is. But a 10 year old? Where would any parent let them be that would not have a responsible, trusted adult and access to a phone?
9 Feb 08
It depends on the age of kids. If they are teens who are responsible enough then it is allowable. Because they already knew how to use it properly, take care of it, and it s importance as a way of communication to their parents especially if they are not around.
• United States
6 Feb 08
I don't think that kids need cell phones. I was at dinner one evening in the past week or so and there was this tiny little girl who could not have been more than 10, flipping out her cell phone and texting at the table. There's no excuse for that. IF they absolutely -must- use a phone to converse with friends that they apparently can't be without, then let them use the land line when they get home. Adults don't really need all the communication technology they have available these days. (Under what circumstance are you going to need the ability to be texted, called, e-mailed and paged, all at once?)
4 Feb 08
I think its unnecessary for such a young kid to have a cellphone. Especially nowadays when parents are too busy working and have no time to supervise their kids, letting the kids have cell phones at such a young age puts them at risk of abuse should strangers with malicious intents befriends them. Also, they could go on WAP or GRPS or use it excessively without worrying about the high bills that come and put the family in debt easily.