Just remember: When you hand kids phones today, you're giving them powerful communications and production tools. They can create text, images, and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to Web sites. They can broadcast their status and their location. They can download just about everything in the world. If you think your children's technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. Times may have changed, but parenting hasn't. We're still the parents. And it's our job to say "no, not yet."
Im in middle school and I dont have one, but I deffinetly need it because I always miss the bus and then I have to go to the main office to call my parents to pick me up. I wouldnt get it for like texting with friends though. More like for necessary reasons
I would mostly say in the teen years, but it depends. The kid needs to be responsible, because today the reasons most kids are not getting the jobs they wanted are because when the interviewer looks at all the things that they might have done on Facebook comments or things like that, how do you know if you can trust someone? I'm not saying parents should ban cell phones all together, but they should be monitored.
When you think they have the good judgement to 1) not flame somebody and become a bully. 2) After you have had a talk about bullying and social media, and when it is appropriate to report hate texts to you parents AND school officials. If they are skeptical about telling parents in case of a hypothetical situation, set up some alternative, an uncle they trust, or a school councilor. Make sure they know it's okay to report bad behavior and mean people.
Honestly it doesn't really matter what age they are, as long as they prove to you that they are ready and mature enough. I think kids should start off with a prepaid phone at first. They as they get older and more mature they can get a better phone. But I got my phone when I was ten years old.
Well lets see myself and hubby had cell phones when we had a job at 14 anyway I have two kids 9&10 both want cell phones. Not happening instead thy have iPod touches and have apps for texting and calls or free when they have Internet service / wifi free. If they go out with friends or a sleep over etc I give them a pre paid cell we have . We only use it for when they go somewhere even a field trip etc Gl
Technology has advanced so quickly even in the past couple of years. Which has changed many everyday things. I didn't get a cell phone until my sophmore summer- Junior year in highschool. I believe now, and I am 21 that kids are growing up way to quickly. The electronic obssesion now, has drastically impacted the youths social interactions and frankly it creates fear in me for our future. Many adults my age that have spoken about this issue, more then less agree.
The time you should have a phone, is about 10, tween age. Even though you're giving your kid high technology, they will have a more social life, because they can text and call various people from school. Also, it's something to distract them, like if their waiting in line. And, if their in a crisis, 911. When you don't have a phone, they can't call 911, without asking to use somebody elses phone. (MAYBE when their in crisis, they'll have their ''Banana Phone'' Those also help, alot.. You can get them at your local food store for about $0.88. Save up!)