How old do you think a child should be to have their own cell phone?

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Corey The Goofyhawk Profile
Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

Until they are old enough to be driving themselves around and can pay for it, there isn't really a need for them to have a cell phone.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

I was 63 when I got my first cell phone. I seemed to manage quite well until then.

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Skip  Gentry
Skip Gentry commented
That's a good age to get one, Didge!
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
They only became available in Oz in the early 90s and I didn't have a need for one for about 10 years. They're handy, of course, but mine doesn't get a lot of use. I've graduated to a smart phone but rarely use it for anything other than phone calls with the occasional text, email, or photograph.
Lard Ass Profile
Lard Ass answered

When they can pay for it themselves.

Ray Dart Profile
Ray Dart answered

I got my son a cellphone at 8 (to replace the pager that he had had before) He promptly lost it. Fortunately a kindly soul found it and called my number.

I guess I should have waited until he was (say) 12.

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Sharron Prestcott
The reason I asked was that the local school requires 6th graders to bring either a cell phone or an ipad to work with. I have no idea what they do with them or what happens if parents can't afford either one.
yeahsure linda
yeahsure linda commented
The school can tell you about programs to either get one or allow you to use one. If they require one for class they have to make sure they help provide one. Low income programs can give you a laptop for as little as $10 & home internet for $9.00 a month.
PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

At the age where they are needing rides to and from sports or other activities. Sometimes things can run short and need a ride early, or if the ride they were suppose to have doesn't show.

Skip  Gentry Profile
Skip Gentry answered

I think they should be at least 13.

Cookie Roma Profile
Cookie Roma answered

If my kids wanted a cell phone they had to pay for the phone/service themselves.  Then, if they went to college they got 1) a new laptop and 2) would be out on my phone bill.  My youngest is in college so she is currently on my bill. 

Danae Hitch Profile
Danae Hitch answered

My son was 10 when he got his first cell phone which was a flip phone. I'm a single parent and if he needed to reach me, I wanted him to have a way to do that. Not so many places now have pay phones and most of the time, the pay phones at the schools have been damaged. He played a lot of sports and I worked a lot of overtime, so we needed to be able to keep in touch on what was going on.

However, you need to base this decision on your own child, the circumstances why you feel they need one (not their own opinion) and the cost. No one needs an iPhone at 10 years old. That's a want, not a need. If they need a cell phone to keep in touch, a flip phone works just fine.

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Sharron Prestcott
I agree! For a long time I used one of those flip phones that you top up with vouchers from Target. For security reasons I can see why many parents want their child to have quick access to a phone.
Danae Hitch
Danae Hitch commented
They don't need all the bells and whistles, unless you're there to completely monitor their online activities - Instagram, SnapChat, FaceBook, etc., their email, their text messages, ad nauseam. Kids can get suckered into cyber-bullying pretty quickly. All it takes is one kid to dare them to text someone and say this and if they don't feel strong enough to say no, there's going to be a problem.

If you give them a cell phone, let the first one be a flip phone. As you monitor them, and give them more responsibilities and as they age and mature, you can them upgrade them. But no one needs an iPhone right off the jump. You have to be diligent in this for their safety and for their friends' safety.
Ty Hibb Profile
Ty Hibb answered

That is a determination for the parent to make. Age can be very deceiving. Some kids become responsible rather quickly, and others seem to never grow up.

Bryn Young Profile
Bryn Young answered

My mom gave me my first phone at nine, and it was a Samsung. I don't think I even asked for it. I'm now a proud IPhone user, but I got my first phone young.

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