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Should an 8 yr old get a cell phone??

My stepson's mom wants to get him a cell phone for his 8th birthday! What do you think??


Asked by mom630 at 7:23 PM on Mar. 5, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • its ridiculous. who the hell does this kid need to call? he should always be with an adult anyway therefore he'll always have access to a phone to call his mom. most 8 yr olds can barely keep track of school supplies and game pieces how can they be expected to keep track of a little phone and charger? they just arent mature enough. what a waste of money!

    Answer by sylvia10907 at 8:57 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • when is an 8 yr old away from you to need a cell phone they dont need one to talk to friends they can wait until they get home .and can yoru 8 yr old understand not to go over on the minutes and all that stuff .

    Answer by britme1027 at 7:27 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • i dont think that kids that young need them. my stepdaughters stepdad (her BM's new husband) told her that she could have one when she was 12. We dont agree with that either. if she gets one that early, it will stay at her mother's house.

    our kids are never places where there are not adults or people with access to phones.

    Answer by aly38914290 at 7:27 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • My personal opinion is no, an 8 year old does not NEED a cell phone, they may want one and par ents may like the idea of being in constant contact with their children but in realitiy how often is a child that age not with a parent.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 7:27 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • No, I think 8 is too young. 12 maybe.

    Answer by Trixiebelle2 at 7:29 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • I think it's a perfect idea. He should have as much free private contact with his mother as possible. And as soon as they're old enough to leave the home alone they should have one.

    Answer by Chrissy629 at 7:32 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • a child shouldnt need a cell phone to get "free private contact with his mother". there should be a home phone or his father's cell or step-mom's cell that the boy can use.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:06 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • i didnt get one until i started going out w friends and my mom got sick of handing me her cell phone so she could get ahold of me..i was 14.

    Answer by tnteaton at 8:12 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • 8 years old is DEFINATELY too young.

    Answer by tnteaton at 8:13 PM on Mar. 5, 2009

  • i didnt get a cell phone till i went to college.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:15 PM on Mar. 5, 2009