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Do kids really need cell phones?

Updated on January 19, 2015
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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?

Yes, they do!

Yes, they do!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, it teaches them more responsibility and they even for convience!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes cuz what if they wanna go somewhere and they are outside they don't need to go all the way up and then maybe go they can just call and another reason is of they are lost they can call and tell there parents or something

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Let us kids have fun on the phone. We could go outside whenever we want. I don't even call my friends I just text em.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Im 10 and I don't have a phone.My parents don't let me get a phone becuz im young....do I seem young to you im TALL im 4''14 and without a phone?Im a straight A student and im a teacher helper and ALWAYS Behave good and get 1 in effort,and they just don't buy me one.I do everything my mom tells me to do I don't talk back to her I don't hit her or do anything bad to her cuz she my mom she an adult but with me without a phone im in 5th grade and without a phone I need it for emergancys in school or any cyberbullys I could always call her but if I die or get punched,its her fault,i think

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      yes because i am a kid that has a phone and i need to keep in touch with my parents and i can have fun on my phone

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, u guys really have no idea how important a phone would be to keep a child safe from such things, but I definitely think getting a smartphone for a 11 year old or younger child would be a very bad idea!!!, (waste of time and distraction for that matter)...

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, when I was 10, the idiot bus driver dropped me off at the wrong stop! I was new to the state, school, and my stop looked practically identical to the one he dropped me off at. I had to walk 3 miles, in the 107 degree temperature. Nobody would let me use their phone at any drive throughs, or convenient stores because I was just a little girl. Around the age where they get to middle school they should be able to have a phone.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Well I think if they want it than ahh whatever just get it but if they are 11 an under say NOOO!!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yep. I would think that the best time for a child to have a phone is 10-13. At that time, most kids in their school have a phone or some sort of device that makes them popular or look cool. Phones can be used for emergencies, such as: suddenly having to go to a friend's house, being picked up from somewhere later than usual, etc. So yes, kids should have a phone when they are responsible enough to carry one.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i do not think kids have to have a cell phone it is a choser for the right or rong.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i think kids should have phones to chat to other people or to call somebody in case of an emergency.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Kids need it in an emergency they don't need a firefly because what about the parents don't pick up the phone now what hu

    • bookreturn 4 years ago

      I think they do so yes

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes they do

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Only for Emergencies.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      they should

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Parents care about their kids! What if something happens? What would they do? I think parents should allow their kids (12+) to have a mobile phone but only for emergencies.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      yes because what if something happened what would they do?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      cell phones could be use for emergency

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      kids don't need

    No way!

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      • anonymous 2 years ago

        No it could cause brain cancer!!!

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Kids don't need cell phones because they're too young, they'll use it the wrong way instead of the right way. I think when a kid should use a cell phone is when their mature enough and would do wise things with it

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Spoil your children, yeah good idea.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Absolutely ridiculous how spoiled kids are by their parents these days.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Just stick a gps TRANSPONDER on them and call it a day!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Kids do not need a cell phone. i would wait for there 13th birthday or older. but kids that are 10 years old do not need cell phones it getting crazy what kids have these days

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        no way should they get one

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No some kids I see have there own tablets when they are only 4 years old

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I say kids do not need cellphones. IN case of an emergency? there would most likely be an adult that is supervising or around if needed to call. It is a waste of money to buy a kid a cellphone. Especially if it's a smartphone. a 40$/month could go to their future.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No way1 Kids should NOT be interacting with starngers

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        NO! Kids do not need cell phones. They can have one when they are an adult and can pay for it on their own. Everyone is talking about being safe and there are emergencies. Really ? Is life that dangerous ? What did we ever do without cell phones growing up ? I guess we all died from the unsafeness and emergencies that we could have avoided with cell phones. Guess what , we didn't die. We did what needed to be done. Used landlines when needed.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm seeing that most of the people that say yes are the ones who cannot spell. If texting is supposed to help practice spelling, then why do so many people use abbreviations?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        no

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        no because there is no reason

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Kids don't need cellphones

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unless it is for texting or calling their mums and dads, like mine, I don't think kids under 12 should have cell phones. After that it really depends on the person, not age.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Has nobody any idea of the negative health effects of mobiles on kids? Brains are still developing right up to the age of 25 and kids' skulls are much thinner than adults and therefore more susceptible to the microwaves emitted by cell phones. Check out wiredchild.org and educate yourself as to the 'safety' of your child please. Ignorance regarding this ever developing technology is scary and that does not include the other issue of cyberbullying etc.

        Concerned parent!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am a woman now. My elder daughter is 11 and she's BEGGING for a cell phone. When I was 18 I was bought a cell phone for college. I think kids shouldn't have phones until they are at least 13.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        im guessing you yuppie people never spent time outside as a kid. i never had a cell phone as a kid, and i really hate having one now. why would a child need to have a phone. Children should be at school, football practice, or playing out in the yard. this is why people go crazy and shoot up movie theaters and elementary schools, the text and Facebook and never socialize with other people so they are never identified as a potential risk to other people. technology alienates us rather than bring us together. cell phones, Xbox, ipads, and ect... they should all come with a label for ages 18 and up

      Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything

      Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything
      Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything

      This is a great read for the parent of any teen today. Priorities and expectations have changed in the lives of teens. What can you do to help them become the person you know they can be?

       

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

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      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 4 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 5 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 5 years ago from Australia

          Are cell phones for children a product of lazy parenting?

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          MinRu 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago from Sweden

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

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Nice lens!

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          Janet2221 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

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

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          WindyWintersHubs 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

          Interesting lens...well done!

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          Nice job on a well debated topic.

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          pb1157 7 years ago

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

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          good

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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: http://www.yodaphone.com/articles/CellPhoneforChil... 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 8 years ago from Canada

          Interesting discussion.

          Brenda

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          anonymous 8 years ago

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

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