QOTD 9/24

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QOTD 9/24

Kids and cell phones. Will you get one for your child? When? Or will you make them wait until they can pay for it?

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Right now I don't think that one is neccessary until at least the teen years ... however with tech going the way it is, we'll see.

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ditto dana. we have set 12 as the tentative age, that of course may change depending on her activity level and schedule and proven responsibility. i have a niece that has one and does not need it and a nephew who doesn't have one and really does since he's always all over their small town with various friends and the whole family is quite active. pager of course is the alternative.

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I'd say realistically, he'll have one by the end of elementary school, in middle school for sure. Once he starts having after school activities we may want one to communicate rides, changes in schedule, etc. I can't see having one before then, although I know our neighbor girl has one and she's in the 2nd grade.

I think when we do get one for him, it will be one with limited capabilities. I don't want him texting his friends a million times a day. And I am also set on him "turning in" his phone to me at night - not so I can read it, but so he will sleep! My students are 16-18 years old, and I know that a lot of them lose sleep texting in the middle of the night.

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I'm kind of sad that Maia will never know what it means to be disconnected. I don't think she needs a phone until she's at least 12 or 13, though. Heck, by then Apple will probably just implant some chip right into your brain and you can be online or on the phone 24/7! Wink LOL

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"mommycarrie" wrote:

I'd say realistically, he'll have one by the end of elementary school, in middle school for sure. Once he starts having after school activities we may want one to communicate rides, changes in schedule, etc. I can't see having one before then, although I know our neighbor girl has one and she's in the 2nd grade.

I think when we do get one for him, it will be one with limited capabilities. I don't want him texting his friends a million times a day. And I am also set on him "turning in" his phone to me at night - not so I can read it, but so he will sleep! My students are 16-18 years old, and I know that a lot of them lose sleep texting in the middle of the night.

to the bolded, OMFreakiG are you serious? grade 2? damn that seems so unnecessary to me!
to the italicized, Love that idea! must remember that addition to the 'responsibilities' also makes them keep tabs so hopefully they won't loose them as often! lol!

Amanda - apple, gotta love em!

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My eighteen year old just got one because she is in college. May seem a bit strange but it was not a necessity since she is home schooled and we knew exactly where she was.
I'm all about saving money and wasting money on teen age gossip is pointless to me. Her phone is prepaid so she knows now gossip and no texting all through the night.

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I tell folks all of the time, and I might change my mind when we get there but I hope I don't, but my girls will get cell phones when they can pay for them or when they start driving, whichever happens first. I lived until after college without one, so can they Wink