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When did/would you give your kid a cell phone?

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2015 at 11:21 AM
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Dads More Likely Than Moms to Give Kids Their First Cell Phones

Parents might want to have a discussion about certain decisions to make sure they're on the same page. Failure to do so could land you in a game of Family Feud you never wanted to play. Thanks to modern technology, kids these days have access to items we never would dream of having back in the day -- but does that mean they should automatically get them? According to a new study by Sprint and Techlicious, dads are saying yes to elementary kids having cell phones.

Maybe this is no big deal in your household, but I had to stop and take a pause. Once both of my boys reach elementary school, do I want them to have a cell phone? Obviously I don't expect for them to run up a high bill (at least, not that young I hope), but is it a good idea?

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While the study points out most kids don't receive smartphones until they get to middle school -- which happens to be the age group moms OK (coincidence, I think not) -- daddies seem to be more comfortable with their child having one as early as the first grade. Moms, on the other hand, are a bit more hesitant, as roughly 1 in 4 women surveyed gave the thumbs up. This of course is in comparison to the 37 percent of guys who probably responded, "Yeah, sure, why not."

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This is obviously a personal choice, as I don't really think there is a right or wrong decision. All families face a different set of circumstances that will dictate their call to action. While many little ones I see in my Oklahoma town (I live near an elementary school) aren't on cell phones, I recall many New York City kids dialing up their folks as they rode the subway solo after school.

No matter what age you deem appropriate, just make sure you set some ground rules for your kids to follow. After all, cell phones are addictive as is, so there's no need to introduce bad habits early.

When did/would you give your kid a cell phone?

by on Aug. 31, 2015 at 11:21 AM
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mama2b100808
by Mandy on Aug. 31, 2015 at 11:31 AM

My daughter doesn't have a cell phone. If she does get one it will be because she is in after school activity 

lstrickland
by on Aug. 31, 2015 at 11:55 AM
Age 7 he got one. He had his first sleepover with a school friend. With landlines being discontinued it made me feel better.

He loses it a lot though and forgets to charge it regularly. If I know he needs it it have to prompt him to find it and charge it
dragonborn
by Group Admin on Aug. 31, 2015 at 12:51 PM
She can get a tract phone when she starts going places without me that only calls certain numbers. She can get a real one when she starts driving. We have a long way to go.
StreetsAhead
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2015 at 2:15 PM
i got him one when he came to live with me at 7/8. He was walking to and from school and was living in a strange city.

At least by 11, when they start secondary school
HarlowsMom12
by Member on Aug. 31, 2015 at 3:26 PM

I got my first cell phone at 10 it was to keep in touch with my dad or to use after practice. I would give my child a phone for those reasons alone. However a cell is a privilege not a need so they would have to keep up grades and chores.

PeaceMuch
by Kali on Aug. 31, 2015 at 4:26 PM
Not sure. Probably teen years.
DreamJoyHope_R
by Bronze Member on Aug. 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM
Our kids are 11 and 14, they got a cell phone around age 8 or so.
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cmcline27
by New Member on Sep. 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM

We gave our daughter one at 8 years old. I was more hesitant about it but her dad was all for it. I didn't get a cell phone until I was 16, so I was very "eh" about giving her one at 8 years old! She is very responsible with it, keeps track of it, charges it, etc. She goes to an after school program so it definitely makes me feel better that she has it in case of an emergency or what have you.

Jennifer_2_of_5
by on Sep. 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM
I would give him one of those ones that can only call preprogrammed numbers at maybe 10. And a real one at say when he can pay for it himself.
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workthroughit15
by Member on Sep. 2, 2015 at 7:41 PM

I gave my son his first cell phone at 7 years of age but it is only for him to use to talk to either myself, my ex, or his grandparents. (So it stays a home for the most part and it helps to keep some of the peace when dealing with the exes.)

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