Cell phones - Do kids need them?
I don't know!
I guess they probably don't NEED them, but ... my 16 years old twin daughters (Courtney and Chloe) have them.
We gave one cell phone to Courtney and Chloe - to share- when they were 14 years old.
Now - at 16 years old - they each have their own - and, both of their phones are better phones than I have myself!
I think they come in awful handy when a child enters middle school or high school. Because their school days are long (8:45 a.m - 4:00 p.m.) and their activities (sports, clubs, meetings, etc) sometimes drag into the hours after school - it is nice to be able to call and check on them and be able to get a hold of them or they you - especially when they need a ride home or have an emergency.
Also ... this whole "texting" thing ... it is the way this generation communicates - socializes.
Where, when I was a kid, we would search out our friends in the hallways at school, on the school bus or in the neighborhood - or pick up the phone to call - or write a note to pass across the room in Algebra class - these kids are texting. It is their lifeline to their friends and it also serves as a tool for social networking. While my kids also use My Space pages to keep up with their friends - they seldom use e-mail or telephone conversations to find out what is going on. They use their text messaging the most.
I'm okay with that.
While it can often get in the way - like at the dinner table or when you are trying to talk to this constantly-texting-to-their-friends kid - it IS the way they communicate. And ... because it feels safe to them to be behind a text screen talking - it opens doors to their being able/comfortable talking to people they might normally not feel as comfortable to approach or talk too (even teachers/coaches/girls they want to befriend, etc).
I have a cell phone.
Lots of us have cell phones.
I'm okay with my kids having cell phones.
Not to mention - it IS currency!
When I find I need to punish my kids for something - it's always nice to have currency when you are looking for something to take away from them. The cell phone WORKS!
This is JUST my opinion - what do you think? Are you with me on this cell phone issue or are you On The Flipside?
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Poll results: Poll question: How Old Should A Kid Be Before Getting A Cell Phone? 23 People Took Poll. 6 People (26%) said 11. 8 People (34%) said 14. 8 People (34%) said 16. And 1 (4%) said 18.