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Got a question for parents....

What age did your son/daughter get a cell phone? I am taking some serious heat in my house because my 8 year old wants a cell phone and I told her no. WTH does she need a cell phone for? She is never alone or unsupervised. She doesn't even have a job yet. Am I too old school (2008 version of the brick phone myself) or am I being a responsible parent?

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I'm not a parent, but I would say that 8 is too young. Who would she call?

I think 13 is a reasonable age, maybe I'm behind the times.

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I was actually wondering about this subject the other day. Saw some very young kids with cell phones.

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Yeah supposedly ALL her friends have them. You know how that goes.

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Heh, I got mine after graduating HS, my lil sister got hers in 7th grade. I remember when I was working as a lifeguard seeing little tykes walking around the deck talking on their cell phones to....who knows. Seriously, who are you going to call at that age?
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They have phones for kids that have 2 numbers that it can call. Mommy and Daddy. Maybe you can get her one of those.
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Unless your 8yo needs to stay in touch with her pimp and her dealer, she doesn't need a cell phone in school.

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Yeah supposedly ALL her friends have them. You know how that goes.
Yeah, parents are letting them start young.

Just last night my 6 year old said my ex wife is hot. Yeah, she is, but WTF? 6 years old calling her mom hot?

Does your kid play/work on the computer? Mine is a whiz, she even knows Alt + F4

EDIT: She knows what hot means and what it means when you call someone that, and she learned it from her friends who said she was hot, whom I'm guessing learned from their daddy's.
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Seems like you wouldn't need one until the child is going to be spending time
away from adults supervising themselves.

That said, cellphones are the *it* things these days and friends text friends
to stay in touch with each other.


It's more a social thing for the kids than a stay in touch with the folks thing.



That said, I think 8 is too young to be responsible enough for it.



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Not a parent, but I would imagine it can be convenient. Like if she is at school, she can call you. Phones today are ubiquitous and cheap. I wouldn't view it as spoiling a kid or wasting money on unnecessary luxury. I'd say a cell phone is almost like a watch. Doesn't make sense to give a kid an expensive phone, but a cheap one - why not?

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I'm not a parent, but my opinion is based on what I know my dad would say to me when I was that young and wanted one.

Get her a cell phone when it becomes beneficial to you, not her. What I mean by that is if you feel you need her to have one to keep track of where she's at and what she's doing (being a good parent) then she gets one. If this is for status or leisure on her part, my thought is that those are reasons for her to learn the responsibility of paying for her own when she's ready and able.

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TOO YOUNG

if you must, it can only dial your number and 911. Otherwise, your kids will grow into an adult with no manners. Which i want to punch my finger into their eyes like a kung fu movie when they are on their cell phone.

And a 13 year old weighing 200lbs is okay too. Its the new thing!
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Just got my daughter one (she is 11 in april)

She does not bring it to school. She takes it with her when she goes to friends houses or when she is outside playing (even in the front or back yard) You never know these days, and if something bad is going down I want her to at least have a chance to contact us or the police.

She does not use it for casual conversations or texting, and only to call mommy, daddy or the police.

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I have a class full of fourth graders that have them but they are unsupervised a lot. She may learn a good lesson by getting one. You do well get more minutes etc..

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They are not allowed in most schools.

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Does she receieve an allowance? If she does, ask her if she is willing to pay x dollars a week for the privelege. Might teach her some responsibility.
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When my kid goes off to school, 6ish, i hope to get her one of those phones that dials 4 numbers only: dad cell, mom cell, home, 911. GPS tracking on that phone would be a nice bonus too.

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I have a class full of fourth graders that have them but they are unsupervised a lot. She may learn a good lesson by getting one. You do well get more minutes etc..
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When my kid goes off to school, 6ish, i hope to get her one of those phones that dials 4 numbers only: dad cell, mom cell, home, 911. GPS tracking on that phone would be a nice bonus too.
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They are not allowed in most schools.
they are not allowed in court too. But had like 3 people with their cells going off when I was in court. One guy had his ringing, and he didn't even know it was his phone.
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They have phones for kids that have 2 numbers that it can call. Mommy and Daddy. Maybe you can get her one of those.
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My neice had one of these. They allow incomming calls. As far as out going, the get 4 options. Not sure if she still has it, or if it is any good though.

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they are not allowed in court too. But had like 3 people with their cells going off when I was in court. One guy had his ringing, and he didn't even know it was his phone.
If my phone was ringing in court, I wouldn't admit it was mine either. In fact, I might stand up and yell at someone to shut it up.
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My sister is in Jr. High and complains that she doesn't have a phone and all her friends do. She asked me multiple times if she could take my phone to school. My brother is 19 and still doesn't have a phone (can't add another line to our family plan) and I got my phone after I started college. I don't see why is in elementary/middle school needs a phone. I didn't have a phone in high school, I didn't need one then either.

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my ex g/f's 10 year old little sister has one. I think it's disgusting.

I didn't get one until I was a sophomore in college and called my dad one day and told him for spring break I was driving to Arizona instead of coming home (the next week) and I would see him when I got back. I had a phone over nighted to me. Didn't need one either.

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My daughter is 11 and I am on the verge of getting one for her. She does after hours school activities. I have been on the fence about getting one. Maybe this summer. If I do get one it will only have so many minutes on the plan. I don't think I would restrict the #'s she calls untill she abuses it.
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if you give your daughter a phone, can my son get her digits?
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We originally did a single net10 phone for them and whomever went somewhere just took it with them (Dance class, Karate, Volunteering at Naper Settlement, etc). It was no one's in particular. It was for child/parent communication only. We did that for a couple of years then got another, so now my older two have their own... but because of that first good habit, they still only use it in a utilitarian style. No chatting/texting/cameras other crap. It's to make a call for a purpose and be done with it. My costs net out (pun intended) to $30 a month for the two phones.

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My other son who is 12 does not have one and has no need for one and doesn't have a desire for one. My youngest girl, 9 says all her friends have them, blah blah blah.. but then she kind of makes fun of them in a cynical way "Who do they think they're going to call that's so important?!" and really doesn't want one herself.

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Just got my daughter one (she is 11 in april)

She does not bring it to school. She takes it with her when she goes to friends houses or when she is outside playing (even in the front or back yard) You never know these days, and if something bad is going down I want her to at least have a chance to contact us or the police.

She does not use it for casual conversations or texting, and only to call mommy, daddy or the police.
We just got one for my daughter who just turned 11-5th grade. She does use it for casual conversation and texting, but does not bring it to school. We got her 200 texts a month, but may need to go to unlimited soon. She has been asking for one since she was 8.

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Does she receieve an allowance? If she does, ask her if she is willing to pay x dollars a week for the privelege. Might teach her some responsibility.
Exactly! My daughter needs to do chores and then we pay her for doing them. It cost me $10 a month to add her phone to my family plan. So I make her pay me $10 a month for the phone. I have been paying $5 a month for her to have 200 texts a month, but I may upgrade that to unlimited, and she will then have to pay me for half of that, which would be another $10.

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All she wants to do is text her friends. I think giving cell phones to kids so young really takes a lot away from interpersonal communication skills...especially verbal communication/ face-to-face communication skills.
I am a parent and also a child psychologist. I wouldn't give a cell phone to a kid that small. Maybe only that one that has 4 bottons (mom/ dad/ grandma/ 911).

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All she wants to do is text her friends. I think giving cell phones to kids so young really takes a lot away from interpersonal communication skills...especially verbal communication/ face-to-face communication skills.
I am a parent and also a child psychologist. I wouldn't give a cell phone to a kid that small. Maybe only that one that has 4 bottons (mom/ dad/ grandma/ 911).
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