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Old 12-04-2006, 8:33 AM
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How young is too young?

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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Old 12-04-2006, 10:38 AM
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I think 15 should be the right age for kids to start having phones. By then they should know the value of money and are just starting to have a little independance so a mobile could be useful
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Old 12-04-2006, 2:18 PM
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12-13 sounds ok to me - my niece has one but it 's a pay-as-you-go which she tops up with her pocket money - when it runs out it run out...good trick to make her value money IMHO
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Old 12-04-2006, 7:05 PM
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It really does depend on how mature the kid that has the phone is and the reasons for getting them a phone. Really I think around middle school is a good age.
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Old 13-04-2006, 12:07 AM
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12+ is my opinion, anyone younger has no real use for it. Unless they are left alone alot for some reason.
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Old 13-04-2006, 12:08 AM
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There shouldn't really be a set age at where a kid should be able to get a phone. Most parents I think are getting their kids phones for a security feeling. They can keep track of their kids easily by calling them (most of the time for free) on their phones. It's a good idea, in my humble opinion.
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Old 13-04-2006, 12:37 AM
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True, security is a good reason for a cell phone, especially if a kid gets lost. So thats a very good reason.
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Old 13-04-2006, 2:45 AM
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I like the pay-as-you-go idea for younger callers. It seems like a good way to both make the kids learn to manage money, and to give them an incentive to go out and earn said money in the first place. It only works when the kids have to pay with their own money, though.

I think I've just got a grudge against young kids.
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Old 13-04-2006, 4:01 AM
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Good point hat man, never thought of that. With the pay cards you don't have to waste the monthly bill if they rarely call.
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Old 13-04-2006, 6:05 AM
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I think once they start going out by themselves they should have a phone, pre-paid cards & they can always contact you if in need of anything.
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Old 14-04-2006, 2:53 AM
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My middle gilr got a Virgin Mobile pay-as-you-go cheapie on her thirteenth birthday - and her 17 year old brother pegged it for what it was right away. 'Look, ma got you a leash!' And it was. We topped up the phone once a month with $20. Anymore than that she had to add herself. If the phone was off or she didn't answer when I called, I took it away (not that I ever had to - she didn't want to risk losing it). I had a few good reasons for doing it:

1. I could always find her - that was really the biggest reason.

2. She learned to manage money some because she had to pay her own minutes above the first $20.

3. I could always find all her friends' phone numbers in a pinch if she walked out without her phone - they were in her contacts.
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Old 15-04-2006, 1:17 PM
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Yeah, if you follow Chameleon's idea, no age is too low because they're worried about money. But for the sake of not losing a phone, maybe Year 7 ( 12-13 ) would be a good place for them to start getting a phone.
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Old 15-04-2006, 8:14 PM
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I competely agree with the concept of giving kids pay as you go phones!

Makes complete financial sense, and even if the parent is paying for it, they maintain more control on useage.

What I'd like to see is more parents teaching their kids more phone etiquette before turning them loose on the world!

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Old 15-04-2006, 10:42 PM
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I think 18 should be the age when people are allowed to buy them, however i have seen parents buying their 5 year olds phones, how silly is this? What are they going to do with it? Phone there little friends up saying "wanna go to the pub tonight mate". LOL, i don't think so some how.
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Old 15-04-2006, 11:32 PM
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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?
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