Shall i buy a mobile piece for my child or not?.....

By sri
@gamyam (572)
Hyderabad, India
April 8, 2013 12:47pm CST
I want a good advice from participants to know about cell usage for child needs... I already using more than three cell pieces for my needs at both the places office as well as home... My children are asking about to buy a cell for their needs now... At present they are studying 6th and 7th classes at their school.... Is it a good deed or not, that i wish to purchase a cell for their needs a make of some what an ordinary branded one?.....
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26 responses
@Cutie18f (9560)
• Philippines
8 Apr 13
I don't advise giving cellphones to kids. Their attention is still temporary and when they have gadgets like that, they will listen less and chances are, they will be getting into texting people who are of colorful character, etc. A lot of negative things could happen when minors get hold of gadgets like the cellphone.
@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
You just need to check whom are the contacts of your kids . I guess you need to exposed kids to this matter , grade 7 have senses already , they know what is good from bad and parents must guide them well . If with appropriate guidance , kids would not be influenced by colorful characters. Mobiles are needs of an early adolescent people. This will help them independence .
@kokomo (1867)
• Philippines
1 May 13
I think there is nothing wrong with cellphone usage of children most especially in elementary grades. You should well orient your kids about the proper usage of teh cellphone and better to install games in there so that it will also their source of games. If you are using prepaid loads better to watch out the consumable of your kid.
@lady1993 (21826)
• Philippines
18 Apr 13
I guess it is okay to give them phones.. but they should not be so costly.. since they might lose them. A cell phone that has call , text and take pictures is fine.. Not so much with the games though, since they might have so much with it, that they'll be suing it during classes too and lose focus.
• India
17 Apr 13
Thanks for this discussion, i think you should bye ordinary black and white set using which they can talk to you/family members, but with no internet facilities.
@jonnagirl (322)
• Philippines
13 Apr 13
well nowadays cellphones seemed to be important not a luxury. My advise is better to give them for they need it also. As you have mentioned that they are schooling, they might need it. Also for emergency , we don't know things like that. To the kind of phone they like is exceptional.For me children were so curious and it cant be denied that there are many foolish things on high tech cellphones, better to give them the one that is good for sending and receiving messages only to avoid some sort of problems in terms of flashing out their curiosity without the guidance of the parents.
@ShyBear88 (27245)
• United States
9 Apr 13
It's really up to you'. Me I would wait till they are in high school or if they do need one now for a good reason other then just being good I would them give to them. I never got one till I was 15 and ere was a reason for that. My dad was going to go work in DC and at that time we lived in Co,orado so that is long distances. My parents thought it would be best that I had one since I would be alone a lot both my brothers where in collage away from home. So it was just me and my mom and she worked a lot so I had to take care of myself between school, soccer practices and dance practices.
@bingskee (5236)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
when the children were in the primary grades, i did not give them cel phone units. when they were in the secondary grades (high school, 2nd year) i gave them because i wanted them to practice responsibility as they are gaining age, and also for us to get in touch with them immediately when they are away from home. giving these accessories to very young children is for me exposing them to possible dangers.
@sid556 (30997)
• United States
9 Apr 13
I think it depends upon the child more than the age. A family friend bought my youngest daughter a cell phone when she was really young and honestly, it was a nice gesture but it did not work out at all. I can't remember for sure how old she was...10 or 11 maybe? She would go out to play with a set time to be in. Rather than be responsible and keep track of the time on her watch, she would rely on me to call her and remind her. If she was playing and did not want to come in, she would turn her cell off and I'd have to go out and get her. That happened a couple of times and I took the phone away from her for a time. I did eventually give it back to her. It has its advantages as well as disadvantages. She was in sports and other activities where she often needed rides. I just put limits on it for her. She had to shut it off when doing homework and when she went to bed, it was shut off and left with me. She got caught with it once in class and got a detention. I took it from her for a day and she accused me of taking her "life line". Kids can be so dramatic. Just set some rules and limitations and they should be fine with it. I would not get them anything to expensive or elaborate.
@rubyroy (824)
• India
9 Apr 13
Never buy mobiles for kids below 18,because there is a chance of others misusing these children with the help of mobiles.
@gengeni (3308)
• Indonesia
9 Apr 13
There are a few guidelines to consider before giving children the freedom using cellphone, technology is not the enemy, Parents and children should be careful in life with technology that never sleeps. Parent may not prohibit child curiosity and also granted their release in the world of digital communications that is free
@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
They are in right age now , it is already a need for them ! They will be communicating with their classmates , updating from some activities and assignments . Also to you as a parent , you need to check them every now and then . Especially that nowadays bad people are anywhere , kids are not safe anymore. So we must be alert in checking them. Buy a cheap cellphone that one which can call or sms.
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
hello gamyam. For me it's better if you'll buy a phone for your children. Aside from avoiding them being ignorant with the technologies you can also monitor them anytime. You can save your time once you want to talk to them because you don't have to go and look for them. Just don't forget to guide them to use the gadget in a proper way. In our world nowadays, bad influence are being transferred through gadgets.
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
If it is really necessary for them to have mobile phones, then why not? but you must consider things, ask them why they really need mobile phones, by their answers you can have basis, and if you buy mobile phone for them, just buy the mobile phone that has features that is suited for them.
• Singapore
9 Apr 13
You know your children best to make the decision. Are they responsible enough, or obedient enough to listen to you when you tell them not to download or play too many games? At their age it is good to have one for contacting friends or even for you to call them, but you know them best.
@srisahara (4529)
• Indonesia
9 Apr 13
I know, it is difficult to decide buying cellphone for children, because we worry that the device brings negative effect to them. Hi friend, I think it is a good idea if you buy cellphone for them if they can keep the device for useful activities such as call you when they have problem in their school or on the way, call their friends to talk about subjects in their school and others usages. But if you think that they cannot use it for useful activities, it is a good idea if you delay to buy it. I think you can understand about your child. I think you buy an ordinary branded cellphone, because children tend to careless with the device. Have a nice day.
@jenny1015 (13380)
• Philippines
9 Apr 13
Are they even allowed to bring a mobile phone in school? Coz I think that if they are mostly at home, they really do not need one now.
@kenshin2143 (1882)
• Philippines
8 Apr 13
I think it would be okay to buy some cellphone for them but I would suggest those cellphones that have texting and calling features only because those all-in-one cellphones might distract your children in their studies and also waste their valuable time playing and doing other things with it.
• Canada
8 Apr 13
All kinds of kids are walking around with phones now and are absolutely glued to them! i dont think its a good thing to start them too early with a phpne...especially if they arnt responsible for paying for any of it. yopu also need to be careful what phone you get for your kid. if its too expensive and flashy then it is innapropriate. a kid should have a cheap phone that doesnt open doors to danger. you dont want it stolen by a friend or anything. it also gets them on a spoiled alert (they feel privileged). and it starts the addiction sometimes with kids. when i was a kid the first friend of mine to gte a cell phone was too cool and that was in the 7th grade. they didnt become popular among kids until 9th grade. i think going into high school (9th grade) is a good time to get a kid a cell phone as they begin to grow up and you need to communicate with them more and such. best of luck with your decision. :)
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
8 Apr 13
I think it really depends on individual parents. However, i think the world is really changing now and that it is the digital age now. therefore, children are having a cellphone at a younger and younger age than ever before. I'm currnetly 23 years old and i got my first cell when i was 13. As for my brother, he is currently 13 years old this year but he got his cell when he was like 9 years old. It's really a difficult decision for parents i suppose becuse on one hand, you don't want your child to get used to having a cell at such a young age because there is a lack of control. ON the other hand, you don't wnat your child to be left out when other kids his age or his friends all have cell.
• United States
8 Apr 13
I think it's a good idea, they can be more social with their friends and wont use up all your minutes. I know they can get pricey as far as phone style and bills, so start with something simple. The most affordable cell phone company I can think of is virgin mobile. ($30 a month, unlimited text, web, and 300 minutes talk time.) If you don't like virgin mobile, most cell phone companies have a prepaid/ pay as you go option. and you should go with prepaid. contract phone are way too pricey!