(Closed) NWR- What age would you allow your children to have a cell phone?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What age would you allow your children to have a cell phone?
    5-6 : (2 votes)
    1 %
    7-8 : (2 votes)
    1 %
    8-9 : (4 votes)
    2 %
    9-10 : (11 votes)
    6 %
    10-11 : (8 votes)
    5 %
    11-12 : (25 votes)
    14 %
    13-14 : (55 votes)
    32 %
    15-16 : (60 votes)
    34 %
    17-18 : (7 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    113 posts
    Blushing bee

    when they have a part time/full time job, i had one when i was 16 and ive paid for my bills ever since.

    no parent should pay for a cell phone bill and im not even a parent myself yet

    i was never places where i needed to call my parents to get me, i never had the chance of  hanging out without suff adult supervision. so i hate that excuse.  cell phones just open up a doorway for privacy and internet is a scary place for children.


    Post # 4
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I voted 9-10. I can remember getting “my own phone line” (which actually ran out to our “toy room” area, so we call could use it, but still) around that age and I thought I was pretty awesome. Plus, kids that age are out on their bikes and phones make it so much easier to meet up with friends over the summer! I’m all for it, as long as everyone knows that cell phones get turned off and left in the kitchen drawer when you come home for the night. *Which is a pretty good policy, no matter how old you are!


    AND, for the record, kids that young (maybe) shouldn’t have smart phones (with the internet) Just a simple flip phone should do the trick! 🙂

    They even make special ones that can only call certain numbers (that you program in)

    Post # 5
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think when they are old enough to stay alone, without adult supervision, like 11-12, they can have a cellphone. I think it is good for parents to be able to keep track of their kids. They do have special cell phones for kids that limit the numbers that can be called, and I think that is a good place to start. I wouldn’t give them one with all features and the ability to take and receive incoming calls from anyone until they are much older.

    Post # 6
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Probably middle school, or 12th birthday. IMO it’s smart for kids to have a cell phone, especially if they’re independent and use public transit to get around (in big cities, obviously). I wouldn’t be splurging on iphones though… they would have to prove they can not lose/break a normal phone before getting a fancy one! 🙂

    Post # 7
    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Well I wouldn’t get a kid a smart phone till high school minimum, or till they can pay it on their own but I know in middle school I was on the basketball team so having a phone allowed me to talk to my parents when we were leaving games or when practice was over. But I also could only call people, no texting till HS. I didn’t get a smart phone till college. 

    Post # 8
    4606 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I got a really basic cell phone when I was 13, but I was spending time alone at home while my parents went out of town I had very few minutes, no texting, no internet. I only had about 3 people that I ever wanted to call; my mom’s cell phone, my grandparent’s, my cousin. I didn’t get a niftier, more advanced cell phone (by advanced I mean I had texting) until I was almost 16. I didn’t get a smart phone until I was 18 and I paid for that myself.

    I wouldn’t mind purchasing a basic cell phone for a 13-14 year old, but no younger.

    Post # 9
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I got my first mobile phone when I was 11, when I went away for a weekend with my choir, so I could call home. It was my Mum’s old phone. Then I had it so I could call if I missed the bus home from secondary school (or if it didn’t turn up… which happened a few times). It was a pay-as-you-go phone, not on contract. And it didn’t have a camera, let alone internet.

    Post # 10
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I will allow my kids to have a cell phone when they start driving.

    Post # 11
    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I remember way back when when there were no such thing as a cell phone. And amazingly enough, the human race survived! There is no reason for a child to have a cell phone. The only place they will be is somewhere where I know they will be. When they can afford a cell phone, that’s when they will have one. I have actually seen young people try to write full sentences that included LOL and other texting lingo. Which is absolutely terrible. 

    Post # 12
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I plan on my daughter having one as soon as she goes to school (kindergarten). I will have it programmed with mine and my husband’s number, my mother’s number, and 911 only.

    I will show her how to use it and teach her what to do in case of an emergency. Kids become separated from school groups/friends/bus patrol all the time and I will not risk anything. I’m not a hysterical parent by any means, but I have the option to have her in contact with me when we’re away from each other and I will use it.

    Obviously she won’t be texting or chatting.

    Post # 13
    2893 posts
    Sugar bee

    Not until they can drive. Because until then, they need a ride to get anywhere and I’m sure that person has a cell phone. Maybe a little younger if they are using public transportation regularly in a big city. But there is NO reason why a 1st grader needs a cell phone. None whatsoever.

    Post # 14
    7401 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    When my daughter is old enough to stay home by herself occaisionally (12?) I will get a basic cell phone for her.  Reason?  We have no land line.  So if I take my cell phone out with me, she would have no way to call 911 or me iif something was wrong.

    Post # 15
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    @SandyThePoet:I agree.

    I think it’s once they’re old enough to be dropped off at the mall or the movies by themselves. However, I wasn’t allowed to have a cell phone until I turned 16 and had a car… but it’s a different world. I mean, Darling Husband and I don’t even have a landline, and if we don’t plan on getting one. When our future children stay at home by themselves one day – how are they going to make a call?

    Post # 16
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    My daughter has had a cell phone since she was about 8 or 9. She was always involved in extracurricular activities and it made me feel a little better knowing that I could always get in contact with her. Plus, since I have to work late sometimes, I needed to be able to call her and let her know who would be picking her up. At that time, she didn’t have a data plan. Now she has a smart phone (she is 13) and she has a data plan. I have AT&T smart limits so the phone can only be used at certain times of the day and she only has a certain amount of data she can use per month. 


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