what is the best age for parents to give their children a mobile phone??

India
January 22, 2010 8:13am CST
well different people may have different views but thats what i want to hear you know.... i goty my mobile phone when i weas 16,,,what do you think is the best age for parents to give their children mobile phones??didi i get it a bit too late or its okey with the present situation where youngstarsspend mot of their time texting
6 responses
@saphrina (31733)
• South Africa
22 Jan 10
16 is the best age to give a child a phone. But we decided that even at 14, a phone is acatually a must have. You have to know where your child are, any time of the day.
• India
22 Jan 10
well i got it on 16 and i also think its the best age but 14 according to me is too small,,,,,at 14 if you give a cell to your child i dont think it will benifit him or her...... may be communication purpose is there but still....
@saphrina (31733)
• South Africa
22 Jan 10
See that is the beauty of technology. They can only use the phones to communicate, whether sms or calling, but the rest of the functions, like the internet, is blocked. We do not allow them to surf the net on their phones. If they complain, we take the phone away. We have quite a nice understanding about this. At this day and age, you need to keep up with the young ones, otherwise you will be left behind and 14 is not so bad to have a phone. They know the rules and consequences.
• India
22 Jan 10
then its good.......also i think you are right.at 14 they will not be able to surf internets,even if they do then not those things.....you should be free with your young ones but that should be within the limits.....with growing ages they will know themselves
@kaylachan (4966)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
24 Jan 10
It depends on how active the family in general is. If you have very active teens who aren't spending a lot of time at home, then having a cell phone might be a good way to keep track of what the kids may or may not be doing. Though this should occour around 15 16 when children are taking driving lesons and are in the 'can I barrow the car' stage. Any younger then I'd have to wonder how well you're rasing your kid.
• India
24 Jan 10
yup......absolutely right you are.....not before the age of 15 or 16.it will really harm your kid.......it will be bad for his future
• India
22 Jan 10
i got my cell phone when I turned 18 as my parents thought that I have become an adult so I got the cell phone.But nowadays I see 12 year old also roming with the cell phones but I also think it is better to give a child a cell phone at the age of 18 as it is time when they get to know the usage of the phone and know the value of it.
• India
23 Jan 10
i dont think to know the value and proper usage of cell phones you have to be 18....to me 16 is the best age for parents to give cell phones,18 according to me will be too latefor a child.you also have to think about your child na??being that much strict with your child wont help that much
• India
22 Jan 10
hai abhi according to me 20 years are best to childrens to use mobile phones recently i noticed that school childrens are missusing the cellphones they are watching the U rated movies in the mobiles and calling to their friends in magic voice modes by this they are losing their studies
• India
22 Jan 10
yes....thats exactly what i meant about but dont you think 20 years is too much and by 16 you start doing things on your own.your parents need to keep track of you...i think by this time parents should give simple call and receive phones with no features
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
i think i will give my children their first cellphone when they start their high school. They will need it to contact friends and important people. It is the time where they are to socialize and explore what is out there. They should be equipped. And i want to check them up once in a while.
@shanrox (382)
• United Arab Emirates
23 Jan 10
I don't find any problem on giving your child a phone at the age of 15.