Sunday, October 26, 2008

Does your child have a cell phone?

And if you don't mind, throw in your kid's ages, if you do answer.
Just wondered. My 8 year old thinks she is the only 3rd grader alive without one.

21 comments: October 26, 2008 at 1:07:00 PM CDT  

Jaxen does have a cell phone.We got him one for his 8th birthday-

Sarah October 26, 2008 at 2:38:00 PM CDT  

Nope, and we don't have plans to get them one anytime soon.

RADstitches October 26, 2008 at 2:46:00 PM CDT  

LOL I almost did a post on this the other day. Avery (10.5) and Dalton (5) DO NOT have cell phones. They do not need one. I have freinds that have gotten them for their children at the age of 5.. and get this.. there are weeks they struggle to put food on the table. They have theirs (the 2 adults) and then phones for the 3 girls!!!! That is 5 phones total. The oldest child of theirs texts atleast 300 times during the week (M-T) and that is not counting Fri, Sat and Sun's!!!

ashley October 26, 2008 at 3:04:00 PM CDT  

My big kids did not get one until they were teenagers. I think Scott was in 8th or 9th grade before he had one. They both said the same thing at different ages that they were the only ones without a cell phone. The awful thing is Cole keeps asking when he is going to get one!! That would be ridiculous to get him one anytime soon - in my opinion!

Ginger October 26, 2008 at 3:12:00 PM CDT  

Yes, my children do have cell phones....ages 31 and 29. Hehehe. Just could not resist. On a more serious note, let me add that sometimes there are circumstances in which a child may need a cell phone. But I do not think constant text messaging etc. is necessary. They should just know how to use one for emergencies and such. Although I do love it when my granddaughter calls me on her mom's cell phone. That would fall under the "and such". Anyway, I thought I would comment for once instead of just lurking.

Shelley October 26, 2008 at 3:27:00 PM CDT  

Ginger you are too funny :)

I think I would consider it if my kids were in a two household situation, such as some kids of divorce deal with. (Which is not the case for me). I would want to call them when they are at their "dad's house" whenever I wanted.
Otherwise, I can see letting a pretty young kid have one if they ride the bus to and from school as well. But, once again, that isn't my case :P October 26, 2008 at 5:13:00 PM CDT  

I know a 3 year old that has a cell.haha
Jaxen does NOT have text.They do ride the bus.But he doesnt carry it to school on a daily basis.Most of our family lives out of town and we dont keep long distance on the house phone.He uses it to call the family both locally and out of town, whenever he wants to.We have my circle and almost everyone in our family is on that list.He has a few friends he calls but it seems that boys are not big phone talkers,or at least,not the ones he talks to.He hasnt gone crazy with it like I would have thought originally,but he might still be too young to go crazy with it.Ya never know.LOL.Of course I am not a big celly either,nor is his daddy,so hopefully that will rub off.We dont text either-It has come in handy in certain school situations as well.When he was out on the playground at orientation,we just called him to tell him it was time to go- etc.

Up until we bought him one,I say that,but it was free,anyway up until that point in time I was againt cells until they were at least 11 years old and then only prepaid.But we checked on prepaid and it was OUTRAGEOUS.I guess how much you spend depends on your carrier.We have alltel,his phone line costs us $10 extra a month,he shares our minutes and we have TONS left over even after that.The one thing I wish we did have were rollovers.
For us,it has been a good decision but its not for all families.My niece,who is 12,If I,or her mother,ever gave her a cell,which she does NOT have,it would HAVE to be prepaid and insured.;)

dean October 26, 2008 at 7:25:00 PM CDT  

well you won't be able to count this toward your poll results, but it's a matter of policy at the home i worked at in AR and here in LA that none of our kids are allowed cell phones.

but that aside, we didn't allow our daughter to have one until she was in high school and had a job so she could pay for it. parents seem to get all worked up about their kids needing cell phones "in case something happens." i dunno, we got through an entire childhood in the inner city without a cell phone. besides, it would have just been one more thing to get robbed over.

gorethoughts October 26, 2008 at 7:59:00 PM CDT  

I didn't see a need until our oldest was 15. Mu husband and I each have a cell phones, and could lend him one of ours when he was with friends until we felt he was old enough.

For years he rode the bus to away games with the football team (waterboy) and there was always a phone he could use to call us for a ride when he got back.

We could afford another line, but held off as long as possible, as that opened up a whole new set of circumstances...and really distanced him from the family. I could not believe how bold girls are...they would call him all the time and even ask him out at age 13 on up.

As soon as he got his first cell phone he was so distracted and still is.

I agree with Shelley that if we had a divorce situation, it would be very convenient to call a child directly when they are at the other spouse's home. I did not think of that, but it would be nice.

We don't have a land line in our house. Our 8 and 11 year old children have their friends call my cell phone, and it works fine. It gives me the chance to screen calls. I was impressed that an 8 year old dad called my cellphone the other day first to see if it was ok for his daughter to call my daughter. Good job dad!

Anyways, to all; hold off as long as you can and pray to see if it is really "necessary"!

ashlee October 26, 2008 at 8:05:00 PM CDT  

I do not have kids to give them a cell phone...I was not allowed to have one until i started driving! Then it was to call when i got there and when i left! Today i dont go anywhere without it...i have internet on it and im on it all the time! Which is a really bad thing i think!!!!

Schools are having LOTS OF ISSUES with phones... cheating, kids on them during lecture time, and so on. I know in my classes now if our phone goes off during a test its a zero, if it goes off during lecture its ten points taken off!

I really dont understand why so many kids have them....i have seen all ages and im not sure that its a good thing!!!

Rosjuane October 26, 2008 at 8:13:00 PM CDT  

I may get Ashlyn on in the next couple of years. When she starts with a social scene. When she's old enough to drop off at places with a friends parents or such I may get her one of those fire-flys (if they still have them) that you only program a couple of numbers. That and her daddy lives in Searcy so yeah I can see the benifits there too. But it will strictly be for her to call me and emergency only nothing else.

Deb October 26, 2008 at 8:32:00 PM CDT  

Our boys don't have phones, and they are almost 13 and 9. We have always thought when it was "needed" we would make the leap then. So far, thank goodness, it hasn't been needed!! BTW, my DH is the youth pastor at Shady Grove, and we enjoyed having your daughter with the Scriber family on our pumpkin patch trip!

Melissa October 26, 2008 at 10:16:00 PM CDT  

My kids are 11 and 6 and they do not and will not have cell phone for a while. My son (the 11 year old) wants one and can't understand why he can't have one. In my opinion they are simply too young. I don't even think I would consider getting him one when he's a teenager. I never needed anything like that and turned out fine. When they can get a job and pay for it themselves then fine. But they'd have to be able to get it on their own w/o me having to sign a contract for them.

Jordan's Journaling October 27, 2008 at 5:13:00 AM CDT  

I don't have one b/c my parents say I can't get one till I can pay for it.

Lee Ann October 27, 2008 at 8:49:00 AM CDT  

We didn't get our oldest (now 20) a cell phone until she started driving by herself at 16. My 15 year old is begging everyday for one. She won't get one until she starts driving by herself, so she better start thinking about a job so she can start saving for a car,lol. We don't buy our kids cars either. That might be a good topic for a different poll.

Mindy October 27, 2008 at 9:03:00 AM CDT  

I'm like Rosjuane, mine will get one when they are gone somewhere. Even in that case, they can take moms.
They can have their own when they are old enough to get a job and pay for it.
Tristian will be a different case.

Sugar-n-Spice October 27, 2008 at 9:14:00 AM CDT  

my kids have one - 10 and 8. i have lots of different thoughts about that. one, i didn't buy them for them, nor do i pay the monthly cost. they were gifts from a family member who lives out of state most months of the year and they keep in touch that way. i wasn't sure i wanted them to even have them when he asked me if he could buy them. but i've actually really liked that they have them. we have very strict rules, though, and i completely trust my children, and the moment they mess that up, phones will be gone. so far, they have not used anywhere near the texts or minutes they're allowed each month. they do not have friends' numbers, only family members. and they were well schooled in proper etiquette and will lose the privilege should they choose to be rude with the phones. for my household, this includes things like the phone going off at dinner, or when company is here, etc. i actually rarely hear or see them, the girls haven't been "caught up" in that whole scene even though they do actually have the phones. i'll bet even people who know us really well don't realize my kids have them.

Piece of Cake October 27, 2008 at 9:41:00 AM CDT  

Neither of mine have one and I don't plan on getting them one any time soon. I think they cause more problems than they're worth. If she does go spend the night with someone I will let her take my phone with her (I have two, one work, one personal). Other than that she doesn't need one. They way I see it, if EVERYONE else has one then if something does happen, she can borrow theirs.

Cassie Burke October 28, 2008 at 2:56:00 AM CDT  

Dalton will be 7 next month and yes he does have a cell phone.I didn't really want him to have one but Brady is on this kick that they should get anything and everything they want b/c he's deployed.Kayleigh is 2 so of course she doesn't have one.

Laken October 28, 2008 at 2:17:00 PM CDT  

Yep. She has two. They both have Elmo on them. And she knows what to do with them too. Not to mention, she throws a fit for mine and I am on my third one now bc she has broken the other two. :(

For real though, my little cousins HAD them. They were 9 and 10 at the time. It was later revealed that they were not responsible enough for them, and they no longer have cellular devices.

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