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Your Child and the Cell Phone: The Controversy and the Facts

Updated on March 14, 2014

Children Want Cell Phones! Parents Have Concerns...What to Do?

Younger and younger children are clamoring for cell phones. Companies like Disney have plans to market to the 8 year old market. Disney had to change their phones to make them 'more grown up' as kids get more sophisticated. It s whole new world.

My intent is to discuss the hazards and the advantages of buying children cell phones as well as the most efficient, inexpensive and healthiest way to do it.

I hope that this lens will encourage thought about this issue, give parents some support in making the decisions and provide information to make this a safe, inexpensive and happy experience.

Explore the Issues With Cell Phones for Kids and Teens: Find Solutions!

1. The parental issues, with suggestions and a solution.

2. The economic concerns about kids and cell phones including a great solution!

3. The health dangers with kids and cell phones with a solution!

Unbridled Cell Phone Use Has Psychological Concequences Also

Unbridled Cell Phone Use Has Psychological Concequences Also
Unbridled Cell Phone Use Has Psychological Concequences Also

Parenting and Cell Phones

One of these things is true: Either your kids have cell phones or they are begging you for cell phones, or you live on Fiji in the 20th century.

There are several parenting pros and cons.

Pros

1. Your child will always be able to reach you. No mistakes about who is picking them up or worry about getting home from an inappropriate party.

2. With modern phones you can track where your kids are, assuming the phone is on them.

3. Learning how to manage the pre-paid minutes is a way to learn budgeting and responsibility.

Cons

1. Kids get thing so easily today that they don't appreciate much at all.

2. They spend too much time on the phone and even less time with the family.

3. Predators have yet another way to reach your children.

4. Kids brains are especially vulnerable to the electropolution that comes from the cell phone. (See below, I tell you how to fix that!

Take a look at the picture. This is a common scene. I just hope this mother has a protected phone

Cell Companies Are Marketing To Younger and Younger Children and Parents Allow

Cell Companies Are Marketing To Younger and Younger Children and Parents Allow
Cell Companies Are Marketing To Younger and Younger Children and Parents Allow

Some Cell Phone Issues - Informative videos give food for thought and a great idea to solve some of the problems.

1. Advice from a prominent psychologist

2. A funny video I couldn't resist

3. The phone that will please parents!

Yes, dear children, you can have a cell phone.

Here are our the rules!

Parent Tips

The basics for cell phones are the same as for other parenting decisions.

1. Parents must be in charge.

2. It really doesn't matter if everyone else has them (and believe it or not, that isn't true anyway).

3. Cell usage is a privilege and kids need to earn it.

4. Since it is a privilege any misuse results in the loss of social use, no ifs and or buts (see the phone advertised here. They can be programed to only call parents! Making it a total win for parents).

5. Be consistent with the rules.

6. The rules should fit in with other rules that you have in your home.

7. Cell phones can be used by predators just like the internet. Be alert; monitor use and especially incoming calls.

8. You are the boss.

Meet With Kids:

Make sure they are following the rules and earning their cell phone privileges!

Check this periodically. Nothing worse that having rules you don't enforce.

The Answer to 1/2 of Your Cell Phone Problems - Amazing Price on the Kajeet!

This phone puts you in control of your children's cell phones.

You can program it to only call you, great when they are on restriction for overuse.

Since it is prepaid, there are no unpleasant, expensive surprises at the end of the month.

Prepaid, it can be programed where parents only pay for calls home or to 911, and the kids pay for everything else!

Program it to block certain numbers! Use the GPS system.

The possibilities are unlimited!

Get This Phone, Then Go to BioPro to Make It Safe!

Samsung SGH-M300 Prepaid Phone, Red (Kajeet)
Samsung SGH-M300 Prepaid Phone, Red (Kajeet)

This phone solves several of the parenting issues as you can program it to do or not do just about anything.

It solves the money problem as it is prepaid. Additionally it can be set up where the parents pay for only what they want, while the kids pay for all those tect messages.

 

One of the Advantages for Parents

Should Kids Have Cell Phones?

There are many questions about kids and cell phones. The cost, the exposure to radiation, the social problems on the no side and the convenience, safety and fun on the other.

Should kids have sell phones?

If they earn the priviledge, act responsiblity and are protected from radiation, then YES.

If they earn the priviledge, act responsiblity and are protected from radiation, then YES.

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      within limits! spending the majority of the day consumed within the actiivies of the phone is unhealthy!

    • Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      actually it's a little hard for me to answer yes or no; for me, kids who already study in primary school should have one so parent could contact them directly in case there is an emergency case. But, I don't agree small kids to have one as they don't know how to take care

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      With responsible use, it can be a life line.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      we need cell phones so we can vibarate quikly

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, im a kid and i think is not for texting is for emergencys like if you are lost,someone is bullying you ,car accident,and more emergencys.I think kids just need cell phone just in incase for emergency.

    • sousababy 5 years ago

      Cell phone use has be potentially linked to brain cancer (studies still ongoing). The distance it is held from the head (or even the pelvic region - reproductive organs) is thought to be the biggest factor (and one to consider). I text much, much more and when I drive I feel it is a good safety item to have a cell phone. With education and proper use, I feel kids who walk alone or girls might indeed be wise to carry them (although not if they are walking around with their head down looking at it).

    • Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      With the proper set of rules and if they show enough maturity. Eight years still looks too young to me.

    • Tamara Kajari 6 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      For my husband and me it's far too early and totally unnecessary, BUT unfortunately parents must balance between keeping their kids safe and allowing them not to be excluded from the rest of the crowd. So we allow them to have cell phones, but since they both (we have girls 12 and 8 years old) still take cell phone more as a camera and a music player, we have a strict rules about it. We try to make the difference between the necessary phone calls and unnecessary playing with the phone very clear to them and it's challenging sometimes :)

    • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Because we live in such an unsafe world, I have to opt for allowing children to have cell phones when they reach the age when they have activities a parent does not attend. They need to always have an independent way to contact their parents if they need help, a ride home or just to check in.

    • hamshi5433 6 years ago

      I don't know sometimes they should just in case they are in some sort of trouble or anything, they have to use the phone to contact parents, but on the other hand many children nowadays use it for wrong doing. So it is hard to judge.

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh, yes, I think it makes them feel safer in these times

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yes cuz middle school is crazy now

    • hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      if they are limited to phone use only - none of this texting or apps until they are responsible adults.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, though how much I am against the cell phones, it has become a necessity. It has become an essential commodity, whenever I need to reach my daughter it is through this handset.

    • jolou 6 years ago

      I'm sort of on the fence with this. As long as kids are responsible, I will say ok, however, it's certainly not a necessity.

    • jenturtschanow 6 years ago

      Yes, but I think the parental figures should set out rules and guidelines before just giving a kid a cell phone. They should also set a good example of how and when to use a cell phone.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      First of all cell is sprlt c-e-l-l not sell. And yes but only for emergencies.

    No, kids have too many things now that they don't appreciate, this is spoiling them.

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        My child doesn't have a phone and yet she doesn't complain about it

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No minors need to have a cell phone

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Let me ask you this? How did YOU get home from school in an 'emergency snow day" when YOU were a child? That is the lamest excuse ever! If the argument stands that "everyone else has one" then your child can use anyone else's phone to call you in that snow "emergency". Or perhaps, the school has a phone in the office the child can use. (That is if children even memorize phone numbers anymore)

      • sponias lm 5 years ago

        Unfortunately there is no real protection from radiation. We still ignore the consequences of the intense use of cellular phones, but many studies have already shown that they cause many health problems even to adults.

      • sponias lm 5 years ago

        Unfortunately there is no real protection from radiation. We still ignore the real consequences of the intense use of cellular phones, but many studies have already shown that they cause many health problems even to adults.

      • norma-holt 6 years ago

        No, I saw something on TV about how kids can manipulate separated parents via the cell phone, also chatting to others about gossip things is at the heart of bullying and stupid acts.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Absolutely not, cellphones will takeover their lives. I have seen kids that can't go 5 minutes without using a cellphone.

      • Krafick 6 years ago

        Cell phones are causing lots of damage. Apart from radiation which cause physical damage to the brain, they prevent kids from concentrating as they are always receiving or sending text... Kids who use too much technology have difficulties working on one subject for a long time. Zapping is the fashion... intelligence is decreasing...

      • annel lm 6 years ago

        no, period

        and I try to get my own use to minimum

      • 7Suze7 6 years ago

        Kids spend too much time on technology so no

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        no

      • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        While it SOUNDS logical to say kids must 'earn' the privilege and use responsibly, once the cell phone flood gates are opened with kids, these issues are anything but simple for parents to actually enforce - been there and done it. However this is the 1st I've heard of that Kajeet phone, great idea.

      • Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

        I made my son wait til he was 16, and even then he has to help pay. Still I ended up canceling it once due to misuse, and his dad (my ex) bought him another one right away. Now I am stuck paying for it anyway (contract). Text messaging is nonstop. I know how important they are to kids, and that's why a special gift on his 16th birthday, but mostly find the issue of cell phones and kids to be a sad one, especially young ones. Many kids are such little delinquents and have horrid grades in school, their parents complain yet won't take away the cell phone. Ridiculous! In most cases, kids feel 'entitled' to a cell phone even when they act like little lunatics.

      • Laura Schofield 8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

        No. My son feels left out because he doesn't have a phone at school. They aren't even allowed at school. Who does he need to phone at 11 years old? I won't allow it.

      Parents and Cell Bills

      These humorous videos may seem familiar, but they are not good examples.

      Don't do this at home!

      The Cost of Cell Phones.

      Kids Just Don't Get It!

      Remember how you couldn't wait until after class to tell your best friend something so you passed a note and maybe got into trouble?

      Well, kids today are no different. They can't wait either. They just have the technology to do it without getting caught! The other problem is that every message, unlike the note, costs and usually costs the parents.

      Set boundaries from the beginning.

      1. Decide what part of it the kid will pay for based on age and ability to pay. But don't give them too much. This is a chance for them to learn about money.

      2. If they break the rules, pay only for calls to yourself (you can do that with Kajeet phone).

      3. Only get a pay as you go phone to help control usage, that way they don't get a bill they can't pay that you end up paying.

      Some parents are getting everything covered plans to avoid expensive overuse charges. That is certainly your choice, however, they are missing a chance to use the phone to teach their children finances and fiscal responsibility. For that reason I recommend that you consider the pay as you go phones. This adds a 'pro' to having the phone.

      Children's Brains Are Undeveloped...

      that makes cell phones more dangerous for them. They must be protected.

      Cell Phones and Kids' Brains

      Here is a variety of videos about the health dangers of cell phones. The last one shows how three cell phones popped some corn!

      While researching for videos I found many more about the dangers of cell phones and what they can do to children, even more than adults.

      I was concerned that they were interspersed with cute little homemade videos of babies and toddlers playing with and talking on cell phones. I wanted to call all the parents. Hopefully they will see this.

      I wouldn't scare you about this, if there weren't a solution.

      Have You Read About the Radiation Dangers of Cell Phones

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      Some of the Downside to Cell Phone and Kids.

      Along with a link from Good Housekeeping about the pros and cons of different phones for different ages.

      Meet With Kids:

      Check all incoming numbers on their cell phones!

      Make sure their BioPro cell chips are there.

      Your Kids Want Technology? Surprise Them with This New Technology - Get Your Kids Hooked on Reading With This Gadget

      They love uploading and downloading things...give them this and they will have a library with them at all times. Who knows, maybe the next time they are bored they will read instead of text!

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