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How young is too young?

Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by mixedemotions, Apr 9, 2009.

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  1. mixedemotions

    mixedemotions Forum Buddy

    So, I was just wondering what peoples thoughts were about children having mobile/cell phones?

    I remember when I first got my first mobile and i think I was about 12...

    But recently I have seen more and more children having mobile phones. (I work in a school and have seen children as long as 6 using phones in the playgroud)
    I personally feel that this is too young, due to the fact that children are so easily lead and influenced. Any one could get a hold of that number....

    So what are your thoughts?
    How young is too young?

    Are do you feel that children this young should have phones for their 'own' safety?

  2. Joshuwah

    Joshuwah Well-Known Member

    Mobile phones are given to children to 'help' witht their safety. But then parents give their children more freedom that puts them at risk and they think the mobile phone just evens it out.

    Children who are brought up with mobiles are also going to become part of the phone culture, although there are a slight amount of these people who use their phones for bad i.e. happy slapping or porn and stuff. It has been shown that children who own mobiles phone has a better understanding to the vaule of money by the time they reach 16, because of the fact they have to budget and save for their top-ups and such forth.

    In the end it comes down tot he parents of a child, whether they use a mobile as a extra layer of protection or as a weight to balance out other risks.

    People should remmeber that a mobile phone wont stop someone gettign kidnapped, but a kerfew will. There is no point giving you child a mobile and then saying, well you can stay out until later, if you got any problems ring me. Cause lets face it, any seriuos problem isn't going to puase for a second so you can ring your mum.
  3. Rosenrot

    Rosenrot Forum Buddy

    Eh, it can be helpful and harmful. I doubt any of them are old enough to understand the dangers of giving out your number, though it is useful in a sense they can stay in touch with their parents.

    Personally I think it's a bad idea.
  4. poisonedresistance

    poisonedresistance Well-Known Member

    i have three children, a boy 11 a girl 9 and another boy6, almost 7.
    my eldest sons friends all have phones and at first i didnt want him to feel left out. so i bought him a phone.

    He occasionaly gets a text message from his friends asking him to meet them on the park or at cricket but thats it. he is limited to phone credit of £2.50 per week as he gets £5 pocket money and i will only allow half to be used in phone credit, although most of the time he doesnt buy credit, he waits for them to text him, thats if he remembers he has the phone.
    he isnt allowed to take it to school and doesnt seem that interested.
  5. Hayley

    Hayley Active Member

    I think around 12 would be the right age, although I didn't get mine til i wa slike 14, because I just didn't need it. But now i have a boyfriend I want to have more privacy with my texts so I've got my own phone
  6. jameslyons

    jameslyons Well-Known Member

    12 is a good age. I would want my child to have a cellphone the moment they gain more independence from me or my wife, i.e., the moment they no longer go right home after school. But I would severely limit the number of minutes and texts they could send.

    I hate paying big phone bills and nobody texts like young people :laugh:
  7. mixedemotions

    mixedemotions Forum Buddy

    I see a range of different opinions. Some of you feel its a good idea to have a phone at a young age, and some of you dont.

    But how young is too young?
  8. The_8th_Wonder

    The_8th_Wonder senior Member

    I still don't have a phone and I'm 16. Anyways... I think middle school (11-12) is a good age to get a cell phone nowadays.
  9. mdmefontaine

    mdmefontaine Antiquities Friend

    ....my kids are 11 and 16. they have both had cellphones for about 2 years.

    those ages are so busy - and schedules can be hectic - so it's so useful to keep constant tabs on them - and they can also keep in touch with their dad, and with me.

    you MUST get a package with unlimited texting - if you have kids.

    there is nothing like hands-on parental protection, for children. BUT.. . . as they get older, you have LESS hands-on time. it's normal. it does make me feel better - knowing they have their own way of contacting me or their dad, at any time, without depending on someone else allowing them to use a phone, etc.

    and if they were in a potentially dangerous, or uncomfortable situation - they can discreetly text me - and i could take charge of the matter.

    we stay in constant touch. and it reassures them, yet gets them a sense of independence at the same time.
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