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What age would you let your child have a cell phone??

My oldest is 7-1/2 and not even thinking about this yet. But friends of our got their son one last year at age 11. Now their 8 year old daughter in 3rd grade really wants to have one. And says that some of her friends already have them. Do you really think it is necessary for an 8 year old to have a cell phone??

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Asked by jekrmom at 2:29 PM on Sep. 26, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • No, I don't think it is necessary for them to have their own cell phone, but what do I know. I figure when they are old enough to pay for it themselves then they can have one. I'm not sure how family plans work.

    Answer by QandA at 2:34 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • Honestly, Ive been thinking about this a lot, and probably will get my dd a phone where you can only call mom, dad, or 911 when she is in 1st grade.

    Answer by anikahaynes1 at 2:35 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • When they start working or driving. Since I homeschooled there is no reason for a cell phone before that because we are all together.


    Answer by Gailll at 2:35 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • Mine had one at 10 because he had gone to friends houses or with Cub Scouts and stuff. It was a cheap pre-paid. He only took it when he was going someplace without me. He is 14 and still has the same pre-pay phone. It is $10.00 a month. He just took it with him to go camping this weekend.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:35 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • i think id buy a cheap pre pay phone n they can only use it when are not home with you

    Answer by ilovehersomuch at 2:45 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • My kids have no home phone/landline option, so maybe before they can drive. Right now, they are 6 and 8 and have old cell phones to use on for 911 that I keep onchargers, just in case they can't find mine.

    Answer by dancinintherain at 2:49 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • Mine got one when she was almost 12.

    Answer by wendy46121 at 2:50 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • 13 or 14 years old

    Answer by AWebber212 at 2:50 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • As soon as my boys know how to properly use one they can have one. I don't want them to have to rely on someone else having a phone and calling me in case of emergency.

    Answer by reigndrops12689 at 2:50 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

  • There is no reason for a cell phone until they have a job and can pay for it.

    Answer by Leigh519121 at 2:55 PM on Sep. 26, 2010

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