- 10 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
Wow, I feel kind of old…I didn’t get a cell phone until I was in college and it wasn’t with Verizon, but the company who they were before they became Verizon and AT&T was still Cingular.LMAO
Yea, I don’t get it either. I am willing to consider a phone that lets them call us and 911, but idk. I did get a cell when I was 16 (my dad knew old blue wasn’t always a reliable car) and I did actually have to call him a couple of times for that purpose! I really didn’t call people besides my bf when he went away for college because I spent everyday from like 6-6 with my girlfriends in school/extracurriculars/just hanging out. I didn’t really need to call them! I don’t think it is unreasonable for your child to pay the 10 for the extra line and if they drive up the bill-comes out of allowance/more chores or something.
I’m going to have a really hard time being a hs teacher (eventually). I will have a zero tolerance policy with my students. I was observing a class and the teacher knowingly let them text in class, play games, look stuff up on the internet. I was appalled.
One more devils advocate example- many people do not have home phones/land lines any longer. If a parent leaves their child alone for a quick trips to the store or whatever, the child might need access to a phone. Obviously this is not for an 8 year old (which by the way is the legal age you can leave a child alone in my state- WAAAY too young!) But a 12 or 13 year old- yeah i could see it. My 7 year old wants a phone (cause so many kids have them) and I said no way. I don’t know what the right age will be, but it will be years!
This thread makes me giggle 🙂
I work part-time with kids age 6-14 (full time when I’m not in school) and I used to be appalled that so many of them had cell phones at such a young age. After a couple years it has just become normal to me!
Then again, I am 22 and received my first cell phone when I was 13..
I can see children 10+ having phones with restrictions/settings so they can only call/text certain people. I wish it wasn’t needed but with sports/activities after school and less and less people having home phone lines I understand the need. I got my first cell phone at 15 but rarely used it (even lost it and didn’t mind!) until about 17 and since I’ve been hooked.
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