Prepaid Cell Phones For Kids - What Age Should You Get Them One?

Prepaid Cell Phones For Kids
Prepaid Cell Phones For Kids

Cell Phones For Kids - What's the Right Age?

Here’s a question for you – I don’t know if there’s even a right answer for this – but I’ll ask it anyway. What’s the right age to get your kid one of those prepaid cell phones? I used to pick my son up from the school and I’d see kids as young as 7 or 8 walking out of the playground with a cell phone pressed against their ear or texting away. At the time I thought that was ridiculous – I suppose I still do if I’m honest.

However, I got to thinking, what if my kid gets lost somewhere or wanders off, or worse for that matter. At least if he’s got a cell phone he can get in touch with either me or his mother. If he doesn’t think to do that – because children don’t have the same concept of time that adults do of course – we can always ring him.

It was bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, there are certain health risks associated with cell phones. Although to be honest, I couldn’t imagine him using it enough to get a brain tumour. That’s less of a problem with boys than it is with girls I suspect. Boys tend to be more interested in playing whatever games are on the phone rather than phoning or texting their friends. Girls do tend to be more communicative I suppose.

In the end, and after some discussion with my wife, I got my son a cell phone when he was ten years old. He was at an age where he was just starting to roam a little more and, whilst we did want to keep an eye on him, it seemed only right to allow him just a little bit more freedom. We do live in a nice area with a neighbourhood watch scheme and closed parks for the children to play in before you think we were being totally irresponsible. Even so, you can’t be too careful these days.

Obviously we didn’t want him running up huge bills – so the prepaid cell phone model was the best solution. To be honest, we needn’t have worried. He hardly ever makes calls on it and, as expected, spends more time playing the games on it than either texting or phoning.

Thankfully we haven’t had occasion to make use of it in any emergency situations – every now and again my wife will call him to get him in from the nearby park for his lunch – but it is nice to have that extra bit of peace of mind. And it makes him feel really grown up.

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Princessx2 7 years ago

Definitely the best age to get kids phones is in their tweens [11,12] as they enter middle school. But, get them started on prepaid service which doesn't come with any cancellation fees or strings attached. Phones are also less expensive. I got my twin girls TraFones which I bought at Walmart for just $10 [Motorola W175]. Great idea to get them cheap phones at first cause you just they will loose them!!! Then I got them each a calling card for $9 each, which is good for 30 days / 30 minutes. More than plenty to introduce them to the cell concept. Make sure you tell them that the cell is to be used for emergencies only and advise them not to give their cell phone number to anyone, so that their minutes last as long as possible. Also, have them buy their own minutes with allowance money. It will teach them to be frugal and to manage their money early on.


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Thamisgith 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

Princessx2 - good point. Cheap phones are definitely best. My oldest son has already lost 2!


natasha 7 years ago

KIDS NEED CELL PHONES PARENTS PLEASE GET THEM A CELL PHONE WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE

WE KIDS R BEGGING U PARENTS SO GET UP FROM THE SOFA AND BUY SOME CELL PHONES.


Justin 7 years ago

natashas right,im 11 and i need a phone because i like to go places in my GIANT neighborhood. i also like to ride up to the ice cream place up the street in avalon.


maryl22 7 years ago

if it's just for emergencies or to keep in touch w/their kids, i think it's fine to give them a cell phone, at whatever age. my kids are 9 and 12, and i got them both kajeet phones recently. kajeet has a lot of parental controls and my kids seem to like the phones a lot! they have some pretty cheap plans too if you just want barebones (10minutes/month), but they also have unlimited texting and minute combo plans, which i use since my kids love to text. here's the site... check them out: http://www.kajeet.com


DT 6 years ago

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TATYANNA 6 years ago

HEY EVERYONE HOLDON !......MY MOM GOT ME A KAJEET PHONE I DNY KNOW Y BUT I DNT SAY NO DA HELL A KRAZY P3RS0N W0ULD SAY DAT ANYWAYSZS.....I GOT A KAJEET C3LL PH0NE


janet2 6 years ago

I think Net10 is a wonderful service. It benefits my lifestyle completely. It is perfect for my children because I can maintain how many minutes they speak on the phone so they don’t blow my pocket book apart! I was scared when my children were getting to the age of needing cellphones that they would just take complete advantage of us but with Net10 we are really able to have control over how much they speak and text. Plus with only ten cents a minutes and 3 cents a text… you just can’t go wrong.


Quinn 6 years ago

My mom just wont get me a phone and im almost 12, my older sister who is 13 doesn't even have one. My oldest sister got one when she was 17 HELP


Jonathan 6 years ago

There is no right or wrong age when it comes to giving your children a cell phone. It is a matter of what kind of phone you give them at their age. I gave my daughter a Just5 phone, which is very basic. The phone serves her communication and emergency needs from time to time. The phone has no Internet capability, applications, and games that most parents dread about when giving their children a phone. Check this phone at www.just5.com.


ASHLEY STODDARD JK hope you know what that means  6 years ago

when should a kid get a cell phone?


madison 5 years ago

you should get a phone at the age 9 so they won't ask for one at a later age


??who 5 years ago

every child should have an experience for once ina while


bobjonees 5 years ago

i'm getting a phone 4 my 11th b-day

the best time 2 get a phone is in middle school


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Thamisgith 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland Author

bobjonees - good for you! Have a happy birthday!

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