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Old 16-04-2006, 12:11 AM
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I saw the funniest thing on the road the other day. It was the time that school's let out, and our road is a main one for the kids to walk down on the way home. There was a boy about 12 walking along one side of the road on the sidewalk, talking into a cell phone and gesticulating wildly. I thought at first he was probably calling home to tell mom he was going to be late.. till I looked out the other window of the car. Walking up the road directly opposite him in the same direction was another boy of about 12... also on the phone. They were apparently chatting with each other on the way home from school. How's that for a waste of minutes?


Complete waste of money if you ask me anyway.. lol, that exactly why under 18's shouldn't have mobiles, they waste credit like its water.
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Old 16-04-2006, 1:30 AM
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I agree that pay as you go is the way to go for under 18's because it teaches them how to balance pocket money and cell phone talking time. Once they are old enough they can switch to a bill pay
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Old 17-04-2006, 7:18 PM
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Do any of you have an opinion on how old kids should be before they can get mobile phones? Any more, I see kids who haven't even gone into junior high walking around with their phones attached to their heads.

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12 or so. Thats when i got it and thats when i think most kids start needing phones.
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Old 18-04-2006, 11:00 PM
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I think maturity level has a great deal to do with it. I've seen 10 year olds who are mature enough to handle a cell phone and 30 year olds that need theirs taken away lol.
I have 2 children of my own; my daughter is 16 and my son is about to turn 12. We have one cell phone in the house, but it's a community phone.
Basically, it stays in my care unless one of the kids has to go out somewhere. If my daughter goes up to the mall, I give her the cell phone which has all our emergency numbers programed into it. When she comes home, she gives the phone up. This keeps bills to a minimum and prevents abuse of it, while giving the kids a degree of responsibility with a phone and an emergency way of calling home.
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Old 19-04-2006, 4:25 AM
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I think that the yongest you should be is in 7th grade. Sometimes I see Elementary kids with phones and I just think that is crazy.
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Old 19-04-2006, 12:26 PM
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That'd just be stupid, the only thing they would ever do is 1)Flash to their friends and lose it 2)Play games during class and get it confiscated (lose it). At that age, their parents will probably be always picking them up. They aren't that responsible yet, and I totally agree with you ebittner
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Old 19-04-2006, 1:08 PM
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My brother got his youngest one of the phones that's meant just for kids - he gets to approve the numbers that can be dialed from it or that can be received by it - here's

CNet's review of the Firefly from Cingular

His daughter is often dropped off for meetings of girl scouts and stuff - and both mom and dad work, so the phone makes it easy for her to check in from wherever she is. He's totally happy with it.
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Old 19-04-2006, 1:25 PM
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that looks like a great idea for parents who really want to keep in touch.

I'm wary of giving kids too much these days too early - what are they going to want when they get older when they get everything now?
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Old 19-04-2006, 7:58 PM
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I agree. When my child goes out on their own i would want them to be able to be reached. That said, I wouldnt allow them to get calls from anyone but me. Strictly for emergencies and "Hey where are you?" moments.
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Old 20-04-2006, 4:27 AM
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I read an article in Time the other day discussing the possibility of today's kids being too wired. It gave the example of lots of kids walking around their schools talking on the phone between periods. It hasn't been too terribly long since I was in high school, but I don't think I ever saw that. Something about that seems wrong to me.
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Old 20-04-2006, 8:05 AM
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That's an idea that makes perfect sense, and thanks for the link too!

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Old 20-04-2006, 7:44 PM
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i got my first cell phone at the age of 10! which i think is about the right age because thats about the age kids start to understand how to use technology!
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Old 20-04-2006, 10:05 PM
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Cell phones are good things to have in the event of an emergency but, unfortunately, they are given out so indiscrimately that they ultimately become the reasons for half the emergencies. Kids talking on cell phones in cars. Not paying attention. Bad grades in school because of them playing on the phone.
We are becoming, more and more, cyber-families. We don't communicate as we used to. It's all cellular or computerized.

I honestly don't believe there is a too young or a just right for getting their first cell. All too soon, they will learn just how much a cell phone ties them down.
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Old 21-04-2006, 2:22 PM
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ummm... i am not sure about this, but I guess 15 should be the correct age, though I don't have logic behind that number...
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Old 21-04-2006, 2:26 PM
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I think it depends on the person and what they have the cellphone for. I find cellphones can become like a crutch - my sister is eighteen and newly at cejep (in Montreal we finish high school at grade 11 and do cejep before uni) and when she has a free period she walks around calling people (if she can't find her friends in person). When I was in cejep and all my friends were busy, I would write or listen to music or doodle or go to the library and read. She just calls people to talk and I think it's sad.
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