(Closed) Would you do this for your child?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ll die before I spend $80 a month on a phone for a 10-year-old. Plus, kids that age don’t need unsupervised access to the internet…yikes!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hell to the no. I couldn’t ever justify my ten-year-old getting a phone. My first phone was halfway through my freshman year in high school (and I’m only 21, this was the norm just a few years ago, lol).

On another note…all of my younger sibs have gotten their first phones younger and younger. So far, my parents’ limit has been 12. One more sibling to go…I’ll let you know when they cave. 😉

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I hate to say it, but I would and did. Both my step son and my son have smart phones and they have had them for years. I am not usually the spoiling type, but with the phones if they are the same price as a regular one and my plan pays for it anyway, yup why not.

My son had his first phone at 7 or 8, but I have never had a home phone.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

My cousins were 10 & 11 when they got their first blackberrys. I thought it was a little early but in reality, lots of kids nowadays have smart phones.

ETA: I got my first phone at 12 or 13. It was a bright yellow TANK of a phone made by Nextel that had chat rooms. I thought I was like the coolest chick on the block. Of course that was until I left the internet on (back then you actually had to sign off) for like 2 days straight and we got a $430 bill. That was a rough few days, lol.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I can see the phone. We got our son one when he was 12, and I know lots of 10 year old kids (younger brothers/sisters of my sons friends) that have them. I don’t disagree with that, but Heck No on the smart part of the phone. My son is now 16 and I still won’t pay for data for him…if he wants a smart phone, the boy needs to pay for the data plan himself.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

No way!! I’d probably allow a ten year old to have a very simple limited use phone for safety reasons though.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Nope! I don’t know when I feel ok about getting a child a phone. I think maybe when they start driving, or going to do stuff with friends a lot. But it would be a regular, nothing fancy phone to start with!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

10 ok for a phone BUT NOT for a smart phone… My kids are only 1 and (almost) 4 so by the time they get phones there will probably only be smart phones lol…

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

…..I am baffled. I got my first phone when I was 15, and it was a piece of shit. Didn’t even have a camera. I got it as a birthday present, but I paid my own bills. “The gift that keeps on taking,” as I liked to call it. I’m 19. This was four years ago. I still don’t have a smart phone.

My parents are not perfect by any means; the extent to which they have forced me to be independent is extremely alienating at times. I don’t reccommend that anyone raise their kids exactly the way they’ve raised me. But I do think that giving a 10 year old a smart phone is going to lead to an irreparable sense of entitlement down the line, if not immediately. In my opinion, the immaturity level of the younger generation is due largely to the fact that parents are willing to go to these extreme lengths for them.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My cousin has had a Blackberry for over a year now. He’s 11. Granted, it was my aunt’s old one that got activated for him when she got a new one.

I think it’s okay for kids to have cell phones, but it doesn’t have to be something elaborate! I was kinda jealous! A 10 year old has a nicer phone than me. And I’m GROWN! lol

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m almost 25 and have never had a smart phone…and I’m fine! I don’t think a 10-year-old has any real need for a smart phone, and I’d be really wary of any potential problems it could cause.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think it’s crazy these kids have smart phones but parents choose crazy things to buy their children. I also think because of that it’s also normalizing smart phones with children earlier and earlier. I don’t think I’d get my kid a smartphone (especially since I don’t have one) but hey, I don’t have kids yet.

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