What age should kids given cell phone?

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    annvansposted 10 years ago

    a kid should be given a cell phone when they are old enough to use one, providing the cell phone cannot be used to send text messages or send pictures.  They should not be allowed to have cell phones where they can text or send pictures until the parent is sure that they will not get into any trouble with sending pictures or texting and running up bills that they shouldnt be running up.

    If a kid is responsible and the parent knows they will not be doing anything wrong on their cell phone, then they should be allowed to have one at whatever age they want one.

    1. Lgali profile image57
      Lgaliposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      very good take kid is responsible

  2. Lgali profile image57
    Lgaliposted 10 years ago

    so the cell phone locked and programmed to call few people+911 is good idea.

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      Nelle Hoxieposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I think that it is an excellent idea. Children should be safe in school under the watchful eyes of caring teachers. But unfortunately this isn't always the case. I think that they should always have a lifeline.

      With appropirate upbringing and training, they will use it correctly.

      1. Lgali profile image57
        Lgaliposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        very nicely said

  3. AsherKade profile image57
    AsherKadeposted 10 years ago

    ~parent of 6...

  4. Cam Anju profile image70
    Cam Anjuposted 10 years ago

    My neighbor has a Touch-Screen I-phone... he is 7 years old. I'm not much of one for a phone but I don't even have one!! LOL Personally, I think kids that age should be busy with exploring the world.. not the web on their phone! wink

    1. Lgali profile image57
      Lgaliposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      very different story

  5. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 10 years ago

    It's easy for non-parents to say kids shouldn't have a cellphone - but I'm sure parents are under constant pressure to supply one!

    Leaving that aside, my personal take is that it makes sense to give children a cellphone as soon as they can be taught how to use it - but it should be a basic phone, limited to making calls to parents and emergency services.

    Other than that, I'd be frightened to enable any child of mine to use a cellphone frequently, because I'd hate to be responsible for them developing a brain tumour and dying young. 

    There are quite a few studies now, suggesting that the immature skull is much more vulnerable to radiation than an adult one.  We haven't had cellphones long enough to see the result of that - are we creating a generation which will all develop cancer in their forties?

    1. Lgali profile image57
      Lgaliposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      so that means no cell for kids

  6. Rpenafiel profile image63
    Rpenafielposted 8 years ago

    It depends more on the situation than the age. If a child is frequently out of the supervision of his parents, then it is ideal for him to be given a cell phone already to enhance the peace of mind of the parents as they can easily reach out to their kids anytime they wish to. Anyway, it isn’t a problem to give children a cell phone of their own these days as there are now simple cell phones that are suited for their needs. There are also simple cell phones that are equipped with emergency SOS button to further secure children’s safety.

  7. BethanRose profile image79
    BethanRoseposted 8 years ago

    I think at an age where they are somewhat mature in their decisions. Cell phones can be dangerous and open the opportunity to speak to people you dont even know! Kids get curious, I remember when I had my first one. Kids have them way too young these days!

  8. callonresources profile image58
    callonresourcesposted 8 years ago

    As soon as they are able to use it..I want my kids to be able to contact me when they are away from home...

  9. wymyczak66 profile image92
    wymyczak66posted 8 years ago

    When I was 18 and about to graduate from high school I was sitting next to my 4 year old cousin who had a cell phone..

    I think that unless you can afford to pay for a phone yourself you shouldn't have your own phone, at least not one that has all the bells and whistles of average phones today. I think kids should share one phone with limitations and no texting between however many of them there are, and when one kid goes out to his friend house, he takes the phone for the evening. If both go out at once, somehow I think the one without the phone will survive.

    I am young enough that I was very odd to not have a phone in high school, and now it's weird not to have one when you're 12...I think that's kind of strange. Children with unrestricted cell phones sounds nothing less than annoying to me, get them something simple for emergencies and let them use facebook to talk to their friends 24/7.


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