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Luddite.

I've had a cell phone for over 20 years.

Me too. First phone was a 'portable' meaning I could take it out of the trunk and hook up a 6lb battery and carry the thing around like a suitcase. Hey, that was cutting edge!! Cell phones were only car phones then. We all had pagers back then.

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Me too. First phone was a 'portable' meaning I could take it out of the trunk and hook up a 6lb battery and carry the thing around like a suitcase. Hey, that was cutting edge!! Cell phones were only car phones then. We all had pagers back then.

I had a Motorola "brick" in the late 80's. That was a real cell phone, not a mobile.

I have never had/used a pager.

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I'm not opposed to technology; however, I do not necessarily believe every 10yr old kid needs one (with a $50 monthly billl to boot). When 50yr people talk of getting a cell phone 20 years ago, they were 30; again, not 10. Until my kid can demonstrate responsibility (which is fairly hard to do at 10), he will probably not have one of his own for a while yet.

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I'm 16, going on 17 (on the 1st) and I don't have a phone.

My dad had a Nextel brick for a while (5-6 yrs ago) and then 2 years ago we switched to a family plan for my dad, mom, grandma and my oldest brother (graduating high school). Now, we just included my 2nd older brother, as he leaves for college (5 phones on the plan..T-mobile's max).

I get the short end of the deal...I pretty much can't get a phone unless I get a) a pay as you go or B) a new plan.

I've never really "NEEDED" a phone...when I run out, I borrow my mom's, or sometimes I take it to school if I have after-school activities. At school, I borrow other kids as needed. None of my other 4 siblings have phones, but a lot of their friends do. My brother in 4th grade says some kids have phones. Absolutely ridiculous. I think kids should get phones when they can drive independently and are in high school.

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Me too. First phone was a 'portable' meaning I could take it out of the trunk and hook up a 6lb battery and carry the thing around like a suitcase. Hey, that was cutting edge!! Cell phones were only car phones then. We all had pagers back then.

Most bookies had cell phones way back in the 80s

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We got our son a cell phone when he was 8. Not because his friends had one (none of them did) but for safety and convenience. He had it to take to soccer practice or over to a friends house or on bike rides. We knew that he could always get in touch with us no matter what. Now that he's 12 he has it when him and his buddies go fishing or when he rides his bike to the grocery store. Its great peace of mind.

Now, at 12 and in 7th grade, most of his friends do have one. His friends do call each other and text back and forth but its really pretty minimal. And he knows that the phone, just like is computer, etc., are subject to parental review at any time. That being said, if you don't have a plan with a good number of minutes, insurance on the phone, and unlimited texting, you are just setting yourself up for trouble. It really depends on how responsible the child is, though, my wife claims that our 12 year old is more responsible than I am most of the time.

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As a member of Law Enforcement, I tell people to have their phone with them at all times. From time to time women out for a walk (or jog) call our department and report men that either followed them or displayed things to them (and that

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Middle school for both mine. I also got the oldest one his first- to know where he was going, events, etc, etc. As they get older they go places with other friends/parents and it gave us piece of mind. We've been lucky- only one has gone over on minutes- once- never again when the phone was taken away for a week. Definetly get the unlimited texting. Both mine even take them to school- keep them out of sight - and have used them to let me know when the school bus has BROKEN DOWN and I was frantic- so yes, peace of mind with them having cell phones is wonderful. Never lost one yet- they know they will buy the next one with their money.

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Second, update your contact list with the following--HOME, WORK, and/or ICE. As an officer I have come in contact with people that are unconscious or having a medical emergency, and being able to use their phone to make contact with someone at either their home or work that may be able to provide me with a medical history or medication list is so important. If I have to take the time to give dispatch the person

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Daughter is 10 and has a cell phone. Of course she was travelling back and forth to school 40 miles each way oon backroads with her grandma taking her and grandma doesnt have a cell. Since we don't have a home phone either just made sense 4 her 2 have her own. She has been very responsible and am proud of her.

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I actually bought my first one myself... during the summer before starting high school

Young kids don't need cell phones. Plus, it's better for everyone to buy their own than get one from their parents. That way everybody is much more conscious about footing the bill and not over running the maximum amount of minutes.

It's the same way that getting a car should be dealt with, everybody should buy one on their own. Cars should not be dealt as gifts. If college students are able to buy a car, fix it themselves or afford a mechanic, foot all the tickets and afford gas and insurance then that is when they should buy a car.

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Buy him one of those disney phones with the GPS tracking. You can log in online and see where he "AKA the phone" is located at.

He, show hi this one...... If he wants a phone, tell him you'll get him that one.

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I got my first 'real' cell phone in 8th grade. I had a prepaid in 7th grade.

My rules are as follows...

-No using at inappropriate times

-Watch the # of minutes used

-They pay the 10$ for service, beyond that you pay (texting plan, etc.)

-All other services are blocked, internet, downloads, etc.

I now have the env2 and am in 10th.

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i got my first phone in 7th grade

my rules were:

1. no use at school unless you are told you can (tornadoes, school closing etc)

2. If you get it taken up then they can keep it for a while

3. if YOU go over your minutes then you will pay the bill

4. If you lose it you will buy your next phone.

Another option: most kids just text now you can disable calling on the phone and have it for only texting for a fee..my friends 3rd grader's phone is that way.

another rule at first was no cell phone use at dinner time..However, now, my parents and I all have blackberrys and we all have them sitting on the table at dinner lol.

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ICE (In Case of Emergency), is a universal listing that police, fire, and medical personnel look for in your contacts. You can even list them in order of who you want contacted first. If you want your spouse contacted first, you can use ICE 1, your oldest child could be ICE 2, and so on.

If someone was to pickup my phone a found ICE numbers, they'd call Terry Powers, Joshua Shumaker, etc. (as in Indiana Christmas Enthusiasts)

j/k it's a good idea if LE actually looks at it.

As far as phone for kids. I've told my daughter that she will not get one until High School (she's in 5th now) Then it WILL have GPS tracking on the phone and the car ;)

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My 2nd grader feels he needs one because his friends have them, not gonna happen. I feel when my kids start to drive then we'll talk cell phone. Everyone has their reason to give their kid one or not to. Funny thing growing up in the 80's (when cell phones were in bags) my parents always knew where I was and we were way too poor to afford any cell phone. I was responsible enough to call home from wherever I was (or got my back side warmed). As a middle school teacher and seeing how the kids use them (dirty photos of themselves and all) I know better.

I just don't see why a kid needs a phone. After my sister's daughter rung up a huge bill (about $700) calling a boy long distance she too rethought the phone.

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