What age do you think a child should have a cell phone?

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What age do you think a child should have a cell phone?
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Wed, 01-12-2011 - 11:40pm

What age do you think a child should have a cell phone?

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Registered: 01-13-2011

Our situation is a little different than most, but we got our 8 year old a cell phone when she was 7.

~Mindy
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Registered: 05-15-2009
My son has been asking for a cell phone since he was in preschool! I'm thinking 10 would be appropriate with some serious restrictions, or whenever he will be doing after school activities. He's 6 now, and I just think that's too young.

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Registered: 03-31-2003

I'm looking at this from two viewpoints-as a parent and as a teacher (I taught for 5 years before my son was born).

Manda :)

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Registered: 01-13-2011

I agree with this.

~Mindy
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Registered: 06-03-2003
I am not sure there is an age for the kids to get a cell phone unless it is for emergency purposes only....but I do not have one as I am a sahm with 5 kids altogether...my dh and I decided that if the kids wanted a cell phone they can get a job and earn the phone that way they appreciate it more and actually look after it....if the kids are in elementary and on sports team, most parents are usually there to watch the kids anyways aren't they?? I do not know alot of elementary kids on sports teams and they usually only have them right after school and parents pick them on the way home from work around 4:30 - 5 pm...in all honesty for the area that we live in the kids are not that far from home and they use the pay phone or someone else's cell. Also my dh has his blackberry from work and he has it on him at ALL TIMES. (boss's request) I think also with the cell phone it has both pros and cons....but every family is different so you do what works for you....love the idea of parental controls on the phones and all the other bonuses tho.... Susan
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Registered: 02-09-2005

Hi there, as a mom to a 13 year old, the cell phone was fine until she was going into 8th grade then the kids started texting all day and it draws them away from homework and also makes them unable to concentrate in general.

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Registered: 01-22-2011

Lots of good thoughts here.

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Registered: 09-28-2009

We wouldn't let our kids have a cell phone until they are driving. And then, they will pay the monthly bill themselves. I could not get one til I was 17, and I had the same rules. My parents bought the phone initially, but I had to pay the bill. When I turned 16 and

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