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joey414
03-27-2009, 04:08 PM
I was wondering what age people are giving their kids cell phones now a days. My kid is getting more and more active and seems it would be convenient to us and him.:)

trickskier
03-27-2009, 04:11 PM
I believe it was 15

lanier92prostar
03-27-2009, 04:12 PM
Most of the kids at my middle school have them. My daughters won't get them until they need them.

Monte
03-27-2009, 04:14 PM
Most of the kids at my middle school have them. My daughters won't get them until they need them.

My 9 y/o "needs" one now:rolleyes: He will not be getting one until he can pay his part of the bill:cool: 15 sounds logical

lanier92prostar
03-27-2009, 04:16 PM
My 9 y/o "needs" one now:rolleyes: He will not be getting one until he can pay his part of the bill:cool: 15 sounds logical

Same with my 9 year old. She asked for one for her last birthday, Christmas, and is asking for one for her birthday this year. I figure 8th or 9th grade maybe;)

ski_king
03-27-2009, 04:16 PM
I got my kids a phone after they got into school sports. (7th or 8th grade)

It was tough knowing what time to pick them up at the school after an away game. I wasted a lot of time sitting at the school waiting, only to find out they stopped at a restaurant somewhere to celebrate a win.

Monte
03-27-2009, 04:18 PM
Same with my 9 year old. She asked for one for her last birthday, Christmas, and is asking for one for her birthday this year. I figure 8th or 9th grade maybe;)

Crazy ain't it? If mine "needs" one, I am sure it is only because someone he goes to school with "has" one:noface:

lanier92prostar
03-27-2009, 04:25 PM
Crazy ain't it? If mine "needs" one, I am sure it is only because someone he goes to school with "has" one:noface:

Thats our problem. She has 2 or 3 friends that "needed a cellphone" and got one. One of her friends has had a cellphone since she was 7.

Sodar
03-27-2009, 04:28 PM
I got mine when I was 10 or 11 (3rd grade I think)... it was back in the day when cellphones were ridiculous, so I could only call my parents and 9-1-1 with it. I got my first "anytime & anyone" cellphone for my 18th birthday in 2001.

scott023
03-27-2009, 04:29 PM
These phones are getting out of hand. The school my kids go to is for K-5, and it blows my mind how many of them are texting and calling when they are walking out to the bus. Seems ridiculous to me for a 7 year old to be using one of these. My kids only talk on the phone to grandma and grandpa... why do little kids need to be texting each other. I think that we, as parents, are enforcing bad habits when use of these things are condoned. Are we sure that there will be no adverse medical affects frim our children using these things from such age. I would hate to be a senior and have my grown children having issues (cancer etc.) because they have been using a cell phone for the majority of their lives. I personally didn't get one until 5 years ago, when I was 25...

Just my two cents.

scott023
03-27-2009, 04:30 PM
I got mine when I was 10 or 11 (3rd grade I think)... it was back in the day when cellphones were ridiculous, so I could only call my parents and 9-1-1 with it. I got my first "anytime & anyone" cellphone for my 18th birthday in 2001.

WTH, Sodar... your only 26?

TX.X-30 fan
03-27-2009, 04:31 PM
I got mine when I was 10 or 11 (3rd grade I think)... it was back in the day when cellphones were ridiculous, so I could only call my parents and 9-1-1 with it. I got my first "anytime & anyone" cellphone for my 18th birthday in 2001.




Spoiled rotten.

Monte
03-27-2009, 04:31 PM
Thats our problem. She has 2 or 3 friends that "needed a cellphone" and got one. One of her friends has had a cellphone since she was 7.

Somebodys parents need to be jack slapped... 7?? Holy crap.. the only thing I was concerned with at 7 is how long I could pop a wheelie on my bike:rolleyes:

scott023
03-27-2009, 04:32 PM
Somebodys parents need to be jack slapped... 7?? Holy crap.. the only thing I was concerned with at 7 is how long I could pop a wheelie on my bike:rolleyes:

Exactly my point Monte... I see no logical reason to give my kids a cell phone until they have the ability to transport themselves to place without me knowing. If they are doing that before 15 or 16, I think I have a problem.

SkiDog
03-27-2009, 04:44 PM
My youngest kid got one when he turned 11! And you can bet the farm that I didn't buy it for him. OH NO! Grandparents had to do it! I talked till I was blue about how he does not 'NEED' a phone. To no avail. Now when I try and call him on it, it goes straight to Voicemail, cause he NEVER has it with him! Go figure!:mad: They would buy him a sub machinegun if he told them he wanted one!

Sodar
03-27-2009, 04:48 PM
WTH, Sodar... your only 26?

26.16666667

pkskier
03-27-2009, 05:13 PM
I got my kids a phone after they got into school sports. (7th or 8th grade)

It was tough knowing what time to pick them up at the school after an away game. I wasted a lot of time sitting at the school waiting, only to find out they stopped at a restaurant somewhere to celebrate a win.

My daughter got hers in the 7th grade and sports was the reason.

Jesus_Freak
03-27-2009, 05:19 PM
One son 15 (working part time) and the other son 11 (sports year around). Both boys have a phone better than mine. :o

Edit and clarfication based on note below: My boys' phones are pay-as-you-go and are for emergencies only.

PA Prostar
03-27-2009, 05:20 PM
These phones are getting out of hand. The school my kids go to is for K-5, and it blows my mind how many of them are texting and calling when they are walking out to the bus. Seems ridiculous to me for a 7 year old to be using one of these. My kids only talk on the phone to grandma and grandpa... why do little kids need to be texting each other. I think that we, as parents, are enforcing bad habits when use of these things are condoned. Are we sure that there will be no adverse medical affects frim our children using these things from such age. I would hate to be a senior and have my grown children having issues (cancer etc.) because they have been using a cell phone for the majority of their lives. I personally didn't get one until 5 years ago, when I was 25...

Just my two cents.

I don't know about medical issues, but I agree 1000% we are enforcing bad habits. And that goes for Internet use also (whole other conversation I know). Humans were not designed for being on cell phones/internet/video games constantly. There are several good studies about this and the bad side effects. In addition, kids are learning to "withdrawal" from society as we know it - not good. Lastly, I find most people have lost common sense and manners when using cell phones. When I'm in a business meeting with someone and I'm charging them for the meeting and their phone rings and they "have to take it" only to talk about where they ate lunch!!! I'm sorry, but that's rude and unnecessary. My saving grace is I remember I'm still charging them for the time. Lastly, don't even get me started with the people that wear the earrings because God forbid they miss a call (much like the previous lunch call I'm sure). I'm sorry, but very few people are that important in this world. I understand hands free driving and such, but I see people wearing them at dinner tables in restaurants (rude again to those you are with) and putting them on to drive a whopping two miles home (that has a phone) from their desk (that has a phone also). If you really, truly think about it, cell phones are nice in certain circumstances, but they have not added any new functionality in our lives, and society has really learned to abuse them. I've watched in horror some reality shows where people have had their blackberrys and such taken away from them and they've literally had a breakdown. That's when you know it's gone too far. Again, we are not designed to live that way.

I'm sure I've offended - but I understand it's just my opinion and that's all - not casting judgement.

TMCNo1
03-27-2009, 05:29 PM
Get'em one as soon as possible, as young as possible, the world awaits,


NJ girl, 14, arrested after posting nude pics!
By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press Writer Beth Defalco, Associated Press Writer Fri Mar 27, 7:49 am ET
TRENTON, N.J. A 14-year-old New Jersey girl has been accused of child pornography after posting nearly 30 explicit nude pictures of herself on MySpace.com (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/ap/ap_on_re_us/storytext/teen_child_porn/31450615/SIG=10k45jclt/*http://MySpace.com) charges that could force her to register as a sex offender if convicted.
The case comes as prosecutors nationwide pursue child pornography cases resulting from kids sending nude photos to one another over cell phones and e-mail. Legal experts, though, could not recall another case of a child porn charge resulting from a teen's posting to a social networking site.
MySpace would not comment on the New Jersey investigation, but the company has a team that reviews its network for inappropriate images. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tipped off a state task force, which alerted the Passaic County Sheriff's Office.
The office investigated and discovered the Clifton resident had posted the "very explicit" photos of herself, sheriff's spokesman Bill Maer said Thursday.
"We consider this case a wake-up call to parents," Maer said. The girl posted the photos because "she wanted her boyfriend to see them," he said.
Investigators are looking at individuals who "knowingly" committed a crime, he said, declining to comment further because the case is still being investigated.
The teen, whose name has not been released because of her age, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography. She was released to her mother's custody.
If convicted of the distribution charge, she would be forced to register with the state as a sex offender under Megan's Law, said state Attorney General Anne Milgram. She also could face up to 17 years in jail, though such a stiff sentence is unlikely.

TX.X-30 fan
03-27-2009, 05:31 PM
Good pa prostar and scott I agree 100%. The rude part you speak of Pa is out of control I see it everywhere not just restaurants but the food store where these checkers are just trying to check the lady out and she can't quit yakking about her morning tennis match. These people have become immune to common decency. That clerk is just trying to make a living and to be that disrespectful in beyond my comprehension. I see cars I know just left their driveway and the phone is glued to her ear.

BIGBADBLUE
03-27-2009, 06:14 PM
My oldest got hers on her 13th birthday. She was the last person on the globe to get one (read last sentance in a wheney voice). I will tell ya it is nice for her to have one so she can call when we are running her all over the place for sports.

13 worked for us, but at least in TN most if not all of her freinds got them WAY earlier

Jorski
03-27-2009, 09:40 PM
We got one for my daughter when she enterred grade 7 this past fall. She was going to a new school, which would require a lot more walking to and from.

We thought of it as a safety issue, but it has honestly turned into a huge convenience for us as parents. We always know where she is, she always let's us know where she is going and who she is with.

Luckily, the sales guy talked me into the large texting package...she has never coe close to incurring extra charges. It has become how she and her friends communicate and organize car pool etc.

Luckily, she is responsible and we have had no regrets about the phone at all.

BriEOD
03-27-2009, 09:55 PM
My daughter got one when she entered 7th grade. However, now having a "regular" phone that has text and voice isn't "cool enough." She wants an iPhone or BlackBerry. I told her she was dreaming. I have a BB that work pays for. My wife has a plane jane Motorola Razor that we pay for. That said, she is in 8th grade and says kids in her classes have iPhones. Unreal.

TX.X-30 fan
03-27-2009, 10:43 PM
All the time spent by these kid texting is insane and now they text their naked bodies to each other. I think their time could be better spent.

rzafire
03-27-2009, 10:46 PM
My oldest gets to use our old phone while at skiing, or sports practices. Otherwise it will probably 15. I hate seeing kids not paying attention to life cause they are too busy texting.

scott023
03-27-2009, 11:03 PM
My oldest gets to use our old phone while at skiing, or sports practices. Otherwise it will probably 15. I hate seeing kids not paying attention to life cause they are too busy texting.

My thoughts exactly rza...

JohnnyB
03-28-2009, 09:30 AM
My daughter is in 3rd grade and her best friend from her old school (before our recent move) got one for Christmas. Her friend also has her own laptop, own TV, own.....blah, blah, blah. The family is actually very nice, very family oriented and would do anything for you. However, I agree that its sending kids down the wrong road. Kids don't need all this stuff. They need to be outside playing with their friends, etc.

I must be getting old....

I agree with the folks that have bought them for their kids that are in sports or other activities to arrange for pick-ups, etc. That makes perfect sense.

JohnnyB
03-28-2009, 09:32 AM
By the way, I got my 1st cell phone at age 24. 14 years ago. For work.

scott023
03-28-2009, 09:38 AM
I spoke to my wife about this last night... she is a teacher. She told me that the schools in our area are having problems with the kids texting each other in class... so instead of passing notes (as we used to do on occasion) they are texting. Now I know this is a stretch, but in a way these phones are hampering kids writing skills, not to mention their writing skills. I own a business that gets at least 15 applicaions a week from school aged kids, and I am appauled with the grammatical and spelling errors. I think the texting abbreviations are messing things up... now I'm ranting.:o

Maristar210
03-28-2009, 09:52 AM
My son has had a cell phone since he was 10. Why?
Because the GPS tracking device in his phone allows me to go online and pinpoint his location. He rarely talks on it to anyone but his mom or I. He is now 12 and we have added texting to his phone but mostly so WE can text him. His texts to others are allowed but he knows we don't want him texting to all his buddies so he doesn't do it.

The same thing applies with a child's first shotgun or rifle. You teach them everything about it so they can differentiate proper care versus improper care.

The parents who simply cave to the kids constant whining about a phone are the problem not the kids. Kids only do what they are allowed to do or know they can get away with.

Lazy unattentive parents are the real issue. Don't just give them a phone, give them a phone with rules of use and if they violate those rules of use take the phone away.

MCVOLS
03-28-2009, 10:02 AM
My daughter is 11, and has been 'needing one' for about a year (because friends have them). We have told her when she turns 12 AND brings home all A's on her report card, she can have one. When the grades drop below A's, we get it back.

I agree that rules are needed. We have a little time to come up with some of those.

Vern Swieringa
03-28-2009, 11:45 AM
My two children got their first cell phones when they got their first cars. Mom insisted for her own peace of mind, in case they ran into trouble on the road. My son and I used to have competitions to see who could use their phone the least amount of mintues. I am happy to say he usually won, but it was close. My daughter and wife are a different story. HA!

With that said, I do not appreciate those who use their cell phones while driving. My son forced into a ditch this week near trees, because some guy was talking on his cell phone and pulled out right in front of him. Could have been a lot worse! Thank God it wasn't!!!

TMCNo1
03-28-2009, 12:37 PM
And just think, DrPhil covered most of the things discussed here in this thread on his show yesterday!:rolleyes::D

Wake2wake
03-28-2009, 12:59 PM
well i know when i got my first one It was because i got left at school when my mom got caught in a meeting after practice on a 110 degree day when i could have gotten a ride home with a teammate. I think that was my freshman year and I was 15. now my brother got a phone when he was 12, but he gets everything at a younger age than I did. but i guess thats just the older brother syndrome.

Jorski
03-28-2009, 03:12 PM
spoke to my wife about this last night... she is a teacher. She told me that the schools in our area are having problems with the kids texting each other in class... so instead of passing notes (as we used to do on occasion) they are texting


My daughter's school has a policy that all cell phones, PDAs, and game devices are turned off and must be left in their locker. So there isn't a problem at school whatsoever.

scott023
03-28-2009, 03:47 PM
My daughter's school has a policy that all cell phones, PDAs, and game devices are turned off and must be left in their locker. So there isn't a problem at school whatsoever.

Yeah right... the kids always follow the rules. We weren't supposed to pass noted either, somehow we managed to do it without getting caught 95% of the time. If you really think it's not happening...

Same rules here as you have there. Problem with that is the schools/teachers can't really confiscate these things, like they did with the notes we passed as kids.

CantRepeat
03-28-2009, 05:28 PM
She is 12 and still does not have one. But, I am not the normal parent. In her entire life she has never had a babysitter. We refuse to leave her with anyone.

When I first became a father, it was painfully clear that if anything ever happened to her because I was not there it would kill me. The thought of leaving her with someone just so we could go have a good time and something happen to her would not work. I know I'm weird. I error on the side of paranoid when it comes to her. We've made a ton of consesions in our life when it comes to her safety.

Offtopic here sorry.

yippikaiyay
03-28-2009, 05:50 PM
These phones are getting out of hand. The school my kids go to is for K-5, and it blows my mind how many of them are texting and calling when they are walking out to the bus. Seems ridiculous to me for a 7 year old to be using one of these. My kids only talk on the phone to grandma and grandpa... why do little kids need to be texting each other. I think that we, as parents, are enforcing bad habits when use of these things are condoned. Are we sure that there will be no adverse medical affects frim our children using these things from such age. I would hate to be a senior and have my grown children having issues (cancer etc.) because they have been using a cell phone for the majority of their lives. I personally didn't get one until 5 years ago, when I was 25...

Just my two cents.

Right on Scott..... I'm in a small minority I know, I bought cell phones for my kids when they started university. They just didn't need their own - prior to that.

TX.X-30 fan
03-28-2009, 08:08 PM
She is 12 and still does not have one. But, I am not the normal parent. In her entire life she has never had a babysitter. We refuse to leave her with anyone.

When I first became a father, it was painfully clear that if anything ever happened to her because I was not there it would kill me. The thought of leaving her with someone just so we could go have a good time and something happen to her would not work. I know I'm weird. I error on the side of paranoid when it comes to her. We've made a ton of consesions in our life when it comes to her safety.

Offtopic here sorry.





Its OK take a deep breath. :D

They do need to get a few bumps and bruises both physically and mentally along the way just so when your not around its not as big a deal.

Prostar in Michigain
03-28-2009, 09:04 PM
I remeber bugging and nagging my parents for one, being the oldest kid in my house my parents didnt know what age i needed one at. So they said well as long as you pay for it you can have one no matter what age you are at. So at 12 i started cutting neighbors lawns and reffing hockey games, and snowblowing in the winter and managed to buy my own phone and pay for it every month. It may have worked but believe me this is not the way to solve it if you want your kids to be happy with you!!! :cool::cool:

wakeX2wake
03-30-2009, 09:47 AM
awesome topic... i got mine when i was 16 and HATED it... yea its all cool to have a phone but for my parents it was a tracking device... i also got into more trouble for not answering my phone when my folks called than for answering and being somewhere i wasn't "supposed" to be (and by that i mean i was eating or at a movie after church or something of that nature)... and i think limited texts and minutes are a good idea so that the privilege doesn't become abused and it taught me how to monitor my usage and maybe a layer of responsibility is implied...

they're awesome now though w/ GPS built in you can zero in where the phone is located... i seriously caught some crap from my folks for not answering my phone b/c at the time i didn't want to deal w/ them... after the first couple of offenses i NEVER showed up at home w/ an un-returned phone call

CantRepeat
03-30-2009, 05:07 PM
Its OK take a deep breath. :D



I will, when she's 35!! 8p

Workin' 4 Toys
03-31-2009, 12:09 AM
When they get jobs and pay for it, that's when. :twocents:

sand2snow22
03-31-2009, 12:21 AM
6 months! The cell phone is his favorite toy. Haven't you seen the E-Trade commercials? :D

scott023
03-31-2009, 06:12 PM
6 months! The cell phone is his favorite toy. Haven't you seen the E-Trade commercials? :D

Those are funny sh!t. Probably my favorite ads... although the Comcast ads are quite interesting.

ski_king
03-31-2009, 08:05 PM
I got my first cell phone at 49.....

To continue with the threadjack, those Etrade commercials are great, but as you said, the Comcast Commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCP5EaU6IRE&feature=related) keep me in the room and I don't get to run out to the fridge. The youtube link dosnt do the commercial justice.