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When should a kid get a cell phone?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by LucyDuke, Aug 2, 2011.

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When should a kid get a cell phone?

  1. Home has landline - ≤6

    6.3%
  2. Home has landline - 7-9

    7.1%
  3. Home has landline - 10-12

    22.3%
  4. Home has landline - 13-14

    27.7%
  5. Home has landline - 15-16

    17.0%
  6. Home has landline - ≥17

    10.7%
  7. Home has landline - when kid can pay for it

    25.0%
  8. Home lacks landline - ≤6

    4.5%
  9. Home lacks landline - 7-9

    10.7%
  10. Home lacks landline - 10-12

    26.8%
  11. Home lacks landline - 13-14

    15.2%
  12. Home lacks landline - 15-16

    11.6%
  13. Home lacks landline - ≥17

    8.0%
  14. Home lacks landline - when kid can pay for it

    17.9%
  15. GET OFF MY LAWN

    37.5%
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  1. Tee Kay

    Tee Kay Just a passenger

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    When the kids pay for it. I don't care how, part time job, doing chores around the house, set up a psychiatric stand, but they're going to pay for it themselves.
     
  2. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    I wouldn't mind giving a child a phone around age 13-14.

    I'll lay down the ground rules that it is a privilege I am granting the child and that if they abuse it, (such as going over their calls and text) I would punish them for it.

    That said, I would buy a relatively good phone for my child. Handphones and text messaging has become such an integral part of life, like the computer and internet. It makes communication easier for everyone on the level of both social interaction as well a (school) work base calls/messaging.

    It also acts as a very good bargaining chip against the child. Give them a brilliant phone. So brilliant that they wouldn't do anything to jeopradise ownership of the phone.
     
  3. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator

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    I was looking to get my high-school-age stepdaughter a mobile phone, for (my) convenience and (her) security. The issue I've experienced with it was two-fold. On the one hand, when I added her to my plan, she readily ran up excess call/bandwidth/SMS charges. On the other hand, when I then cancelled her line and arranged for a pay-as-you-go (or in some other way capped usage), she'd hit her limit in a week and then there was no more convenience for me and bare-minimum security for her as her phone would only have 911 calling and at that point she'd mostly stop carrying it around anyway.

    So, I'm a bit jaded as far as this poll goes. :(
     
  4. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    Get her a pager.
     
  5. timtofly

    timtofly One Day

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    Get her implanted with a tracking device. Then you will feel safe in being able to track her down (if needed).
     
  6. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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  7. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust New Englander

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    See, this is why I don't want kids. I really, really don't know when. In practise it would be either "When I've been nagged to the point of insanity".

    I can already hear: "But all my friends have cell phones!".
     
  8. Mathilda

    Mathilda Queen

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    My kids got their mobiles when they were started school, ie. age seven.
    If I had to do it again, I'd do the same.
    I've found it helpful and convenient both to be able to contact them and have them able to contact me at any time.

    The cultural difference to some other parts of the world might be that they get a lot of independence at the age when they start school.

    Sure, basic ones and prepaid to avoid surprise phone bills.
     
  9. MobBoss

    MobBoss Off-Topic Overlord

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    I got our girls phones when they started spending a significant amount of time away from the house. We got a plan that didnt count minutes for people using the same provider, so we very rarely went above the mins on the plan. The phones got to be such a social crutch for them that it became a good way to discipline them as teens, i.e. taking their phone away if they got an attitude about things.
     
  10. bhsup

    bhsup Chieftain

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    Can't you, if this is a concern that they would use it too much, get plans where you can restrict the numbers they can dial? Make a whitelist of who they can call and that's all the phone is good for?

    Just do that and tell them they better always have it on them no matter what. Under those circumstances, I don't see an age limit at all being an issue.
     
  11. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    And if it ever runs out of battery, they're going to regret it.
     
  12. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    All I know is by the time I have to make this decision, it's all going to be different.
     
  13. GinandTonic

    GinandTonic Saphire w/ Schweps + Lime

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    This. Personally I'ld look for one of those pay and go's with the unlimited texting if you top up £10 a month jobs and set a direct debit.

    No incoming calls when out of credit? Get a better network, thats absurd.
     
  14. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    North America doesn't have any good networks.
     
  15. nonconformist

    nonconformist Miserable

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    Don't Americans have to pay to receive texts?
     
  16. Quackers

    Quackers The Frog

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    I got a mobile phone at age 13. I didn't start properly using it till I was 16+ - now I use it like a whore ;P
    So, I think emergancy phone is a good idea at sage age 11? When your child maybe goes out with his friends to the park or the forest or whatever.

    I haven't thought about it at all :D
     
  17. Quackers

    Quackers The Frog

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    This! Wisdom!
     
  18. Integral

    Integral Can't you hear it?

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    If you can drive, you can have a cell.

    er, what Downtown said.
     
  19. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    My kids aren't driving either until they can pay for it themselves.
     
  20. pallas

    pallas Chieftain

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    A kid should have a cell phone when he can afford it.
     

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