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Do kids really need cell phones?

Updated on January 19, 2015

Do kids really need cell phones?

Cell phones have become less and less a luxury, to the point that people say they don't know what they would do without one. As an adult, that's fine. Spend your money as you'd like. However, I do not think that kids need cell phones. These kids should be playing on the playground, not comparing cell phones. They should be doing homework, not texting their friends. It bothers me to see kids talking on their cell phone. You are nine years old...who are you calling, other nine year olds? What do you have to say to them that can't wait?

If safety is the sole concern for a parent getting their child a cell phone, then they should get them a child's phone that allows calls only to specified numbers such as the parents, a grandparent, and the authorities, like the Firefly.

For me, the cutoff to getting a "real phone" would be when the kids can pay for it themselves, with money they earn (not gifts from Grandma). If they are responsible enough to work for one, then they are responsible enough to have one.

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Do think kids need cell phones?

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At What Age?

What age do you think is appropriate for a parent to let their child get a cell phone?

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LG Migo

This is probably the only type of cell phone I would be okay with my child having. It limits the calls made to predetermined numbers of my choice, and 911.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      no they haven't

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      Educating the children on proper use of cellphone is important before allowing them to use it.

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I think the decision should be within the family and really depends on the age of the child. Thanks for sharing!

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      Are cell phones for children a product of lazy parenting?

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      MinRu 6 years ago

      well, does having a cellphone brings a closer connection between the family?

      Does children call up their parents and say "I love You,Dad and Mom" ? It is something worth to think about.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      @anonymous: I totally agree! No cell phones for kids! Kids need to be kids first and have no business being popular because they have a cell phone. They have to be turned off in school anyway! Put that money away for college instead.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @Janet2221: Does it matter what age a child gets a cell phone? 8 years old or 13 years old? They have no business with a cell phone whatsoever $6, who is it that they need to talk to so badly?

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      This has to be a personal choice from famlily to family.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      Janet2221 7 years ago

      I think cell phones are okay for kids if they are in junior high or older. We got my oldest her cell phone when she was in 7th grade. However, I have seen 8 year olds with cell phones and I ask myself why?

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      I feel a tad bit safer that my daughter has a cell phone. I tried to find a link to add to your link list, but I can't find one to defend my argument. I'm a nervous Nelly in general. I just feel better knowing that she has it.... a tiny bit better, that is.

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      svarun 7 years ago

      I'm also against cell phones for children under 14-15 years.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I love this debate. Children need to be children first. Stop spoiling your kids! My children didn't have cell phones although they were in high school over 5 years ago. They only borrowed our cell phone to have as an emergency on field trips. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Heck NO! Yes, it depends on age, but pre-teen, no way. I know 9-11 year olds who CONSTANTLY lose their phone and then cry about it. If you can't be responsible enough to not lose it and if you're still crying about such things, you do not 'need' nor deserve a cell phone, which by the way, is a privilege, not a right!

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      lasertek lm 8 years ago

      Great debate. I think that children under the age of 12 should not own a cellphone. But parents can let them carry cellphones when they are doing activities outside school for safety purposes. 5*

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I bought my first cellphone when I got out of high school. Of course, then they weren't as much of a "necessity." It's an added expense, and the negatives outweigh the positives. I say no - but this is a great debate.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Interesting lens...well done!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice job on a well debated topic.

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      pb1157 8 years ago

      Great lens...I wish more adults got rid of their cell phones- the abuse is horrible. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey, you have a great lens. Awesome job. I think your readers might find my article interesting: Phones for Children and Their Busy Parents. Thanks and keep up a good work.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Great topic, this lens covered all the important points. It depends on the kids age and situation. Parents need to monitor/restrict phones. Kids need to learn in class, not text. The problem of 'sexting' can bring legal problems. A basic phone without Internet access could be a tool in an emergency. All the bells & whistles on phones teach consumerism too soon to kids. Save the extra money for college.

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      Interesting discussion.


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Maybe they have the right to own a cellphone but at the right age. Great discussion here.