Post # 1
It’s my cousin’s 10th birthday today. Throughout her whole childhood my aunt and uncle have spoiled this child mercilessly. When the Zhu Zhu pets came out the other year, my aunt bought every. single. one for my cousin. And this is the same every Christmas.
Well, today my aunt tells me that she bought my cousin her new phone today and that they hid it and called it and my cousin was super surprised. She’s the ten year old. And I guess they bought her a smart phone. A smart phone?!
Isn’t she a little young for a smart phone? Would you buy one for your child?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
No way!! I’d probably allow a ten year old to have a very simple limited use phone for safety reasons though.
Post # 9
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 # 10
which is exactly what I was thinking…I mean I understand if it was like a pre-programed phone with our phone numbers in it or something or if was only available before and after school so I would have contact if they needed something important. But that’s it.
Post # 11
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
…..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
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 # 14
@ Miss Fish (it’s not letting me automatically link comments) This is how I feel. I didn’t get my phone until 16 and even then there were stipulations that came with it. This kid is entitled I’m sure. She walks around like she’s all that and a slice of bread and it’s so annoying.
Post # 15
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
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.