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Would you buy your child a smart phone or ipad at 5 or 6 years old? Even if it has educational content and call/text/chat ability turned off?

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No. I don't even have an iPad. No way I'm getting one for T. LOL Having said that, T does have a LeapPad that I got him for Solstice. But I got it on sale for like $40. Big difference from a $400 iPad.

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I have NO desire to buy DD a smart phone. Even in a year or two. Even second hand. She is little and doesn't need it. If she wants to play with a screen we have a computer and a tablet. I couldn't imagine spending $150+ on a phone for a small child - even second hand. And then a contract! And the family that bought one for each of their 6 kids baffles me.

DSD was 12 before getting a cell phone and only now at almost 16 has one that is fancy (smartphone of some kind). But she had to come up with the money for it herself because she has a bad history of dropping the cheaper ones that we got her. If she wants fancy tech items she has to be responsible enough to contribute for them (in cash or work) and take care of them.

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But sometimes our best intentions get blown by the holidays. DD's grandma bought her a Leap pad for Christmas. Had we been asked we wouldn't have said it was a good plan because she doesn't need more screen time and it was spendy. But it was a gift so we didn't say anything. It only has educational games, her time on it is limited and it is way less fragile than a adult screen. And damn she loves that thing! It is way more age appropriate than the family tablet or daddy's phone. We didn't say yes and couldn't say no, but it isn't as bad as I thought. (As long as she keeps choosing bikes, pretend play, parks and boardgames over her "compeeter" like she did today I am not going to make a fuss).

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

No. I don't even have an iPad. No way I'm getting one for T. LOL Having said that, T does have a LeapPad that I got him for Christmas. But I got it on sale for like $40. Big difference from a $400 iPad.

We have a cheap tablet for the whole family to use. It was $100.

That is a great price on a leap pad. MIL got DD's at Costco so I hope it wasn't too expensive. Good thing there are some cheap games for it!

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Somebody gave me a tip to wait until LeapPad cards go on sale on Amazon (I think I got a $20 for $15) and then buy them that way to save even more money. And yes, so far we've just done a few cheap games. When T wants to play his LeapPad I set the timer on the microwave for 30 minutes, and that's all he gets for the day, so I don't feel too bad about the screen time. He loves it, which I'm glad for, but I don't want him to love it to the exclusion of real play. Smile

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

Somebody gave me a tip to wait until LeapPad cards go on sale on Amazon (I think I got a $20 for $15) and then buy them that way to save even more money. And yes, so far we've just done a few cheap games. When T wants to play his LeapPad I set the timer on the microwave for 30 minutes, and that's all he gets for the day, so I don't feel too bad about the screen time. He loves it, which I'm glad for, but I don't want him to love it to the exclusion of real play. Smile

Thanks for the tip!

DD hasn't wanted to play with hers for more than 1/2 an hour at this point. She plays a game or two and then wants to go play dress up and playmobile. I am just fine with that!

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I would not spend that much on a gift no. DH and I recently decided to do away with our contract plans (not smart phones) and just get Straight Talk. It is so much cheaper. DH did not know what to do with our old phones so he gave them to the girls to play with on Christmas Eve (not as gifts, just to play with). They have played with them far more than any of their Christmas gifts. They use the camera and pretend to text. DH was given a Kindle Fire as a gift after he donated his Kidney, and our girls play on that some. There are some wonderful educational apps on there. It is really helping my oldest learn her math facts. I would not spend that kind of money per kid, but if someone else bought them I would not have a problem with my girls using it with supervision.

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I have an iPad that I love and the kids are allowed to use it. They certainly don't need their own, nor could we afford it. They also don't take care of their things properly, so no way. We finally got Nathaniel the simplest Kindle model for Christmas this year...we'll see how he does with it.

As for smart phones, I don't plan to get them cell phones until they are actually going places without adult supervision. In my mind, that's when I think the right time hits. My oldest is 9 so it hasn't come up yet.

But no, I'm not giving him a device that costs $300 - $500. I download lots of free apps for them to use on my iPad and they enjoy that. I have an iPHone through my job that I don't pay for, and they play on that too.

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My oldest (she'll be 8 next week) has been begging for a cell phone. Most of her friends have one. However, I don't see a true need for her to have one and I can see it leading to problems (and I don't need another thing to monitor).

We did get the girls a Chromebook for Christmas. Madi has weekly homework that she has to complete online and both girls are into Webkinz and some educational sites they use at school. Having a tech toy really isn't that outrageous for this generation of kiddos.

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My mom got my kids kid tablets for Christmas and they are Androids. They use it for their apps instead of stealing our phones (we don't have an Ipad just a laptop) with DD1's issues she has a hard time running a mouse either traditional or the built in on laptops but can work a touch pad very easily. It's helping with her motor skills with tracing and writing.

I would not buy a smartphone or a 400.00 Ipad for these kids. Nope.

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

Having a tech toy really isn't that outrageous for this generation of kiddos.

I agree. I don't think a tech toy is a problem. But there are some made for kids and some for adults. I am not a fan of putting the adult ones in the possession of small kids.

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My kids are still technology free (at almost 6, almost 5 and 2.5) but the gifts of choice amongst my friends with the turning 6 YO's this year was either Ipads, leapster2's or kindle fires. We will wait a while yet.

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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

I agree. I don't think a tech toy is a problem. But there are some made for kids and some for adults. I am not a fan of putting the adult ones in the possession of small kids.

Care to elaborate? Is it the cost that bothers you?

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We are big technology nerds, but the kids use our stuff...when they're older we will start figuring out when they should have their own.

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There is no way I'd buy a smartphone or an iPad for my young kids (under 13). My oldest is 14, and he just got a smartphone about 2 months ago when his phone died. Luckily it didn't make much of a difference to our monthly bill. My younger two boys (11 and 9) each have an iPod 5, but they used money and gift cards they got for birthdays and Christmas to buy it themselves. We don't have to worry about an additional monthly fee for the wifi, which is nice.

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

Care to elaborate? Is it the cost that bothers you?

Cost and durability. DSD has dropped many many phones and has cost a lot of money. If she had stayed with a simpler design they would have withstood the impact better.

(None of it was my choice or money. Or it wouldn't have continued for as many phones as it did. One didn't even last a month before meeting sidewalk.)

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I haven't bought any of these specifically for my kids, but my parents gave me their old iPad and I've never used it. My kids play Reader Rabbit on it sometimes though, and watch some movies on it when we are on trips.

They also have use of my old iPod Touch. They only get it on trips, it's special for then. Keeps them occupied on long international flights or long drives to soccer. They are also very very careful with them, perhaps because they realize it's a special treat.

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

My oldest (she'll be 8 next week) has been begging for a cell phone. Most of her friends have one. However, I don't see a true need for her to have one and I can see it leading to problems (and I don't need another thing to monitor).

:eek: Alyssa will be 8 in May, and none of her little friends have a phone. She does call Grandma, but she uses my phone. Even the kids that we know that go to school do not have a phone until teen years. Thankfully!

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:eek: Alyssa will be 8 in May, and none of her little friends have a phone. She does call Grandma, but she uses my phone. Even the kids that we know that go to school do not have a phone until teen years. Thankfully!

Alana does have older friends at dance (9-13), but even the kids in her class have them. I didn't believe her until I chaperoned a school field trip. I refuse to get her a phone just because her friends have one.

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

Alana does have older friends at dance (9-13), but even the kids in her class have them. I didn't believe her until I chaperoned a school field trip. I refuse to get her a phone just because her friends have one.

That is so crazy to me. She is already growing up so fast!

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

I refuse to get her a phone just because her friends have one.

This. I just don't see "everyone has one" as being a good reason to buy something.

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Our oldest has a cell phone that she pays for. (she will be 13 next week) It is not a smart phone though and she will not be getting one anytime soon. We still monitor internet use pretty regularly so smart phones would just be one more thing for us to keep track of.

We love the educational apps on our tablet! My kids dont play on it everyday, but when they are allowed they love it. In fact I am writing a grant right now to get a set of 4 of them for my classroom (ages 3/4 and 4/5) Some kids learning style is perfect for the tablets and since technology is not going away, so I want to equip them now.

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I kid you not, almost every parent I speak to from DDs class we're getting their kid either the normal ipad or the mini that has just been released!!

I felt like a crap Mum because her biggest present was a bike.

They're creating a rod for their own backs though IMO. Get them big things at 4/5 yrs old, they expect bigger and better as they get older!

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Oldest is 11 and this Christmas she got a basic Kindle...and thats it. They don't have any other electronics.

I already feel like I have to battle screen time issues, I don't think they need to own their own screens, it will just make it worse. They like to play on my phone sometimes and they play on the computer sometimes too.

At Emma's age many of her friends have iphones or ipads. Thankfully she doesn't seem to be begging for one and seems to understand that we have real reasons why we think it would be better if they were older. She does want a cell phone, but i think she mainly wants to text. Her having a basic cell phone at this point would be handy. She will probably have on before school next year, possibly this February when our contract is up.

My mother told me she would like to get Emma and ipod touch for her birthday next August. I told her i would be okay with that.

Aodhan will pitch a fit. He is the one that wants all of the electronic stuff and would be glued to the video screen if I did not actively monitor and he will surely be jealous and feel its unfair. Sometimes i wish he was the oldest...i think it would be better for his mental health. *sigh*...but i digress.

ETA: Aodhan said to me in the car yesterday "I don't think its fair, all the kids at school got electronics for Christmas, like iPads and iPhones"

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DD did get a LeapPad for xmas. We've been pretty resistant to introducing too much technology too fast up till now (the kids' cousin who is 6 got an iPad or something crazy expensive) but DD's in kindy and they're using computers for learning. DS uses the LeapPad sometimes and learns to draw letters on it. Nice thing about that is I don't end up with a table or wall or 3 y.o. covered with marker Smile

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I just can't imagine being able to give iPads out as gifts to your kids. They're $500!

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at 5 or 6 yrs old? Nope.

Older? yes. We gave the oldest his at 12.

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I can't even afford to buy an iPad for myself, let alone give one to my kids. It seems kind of crazy to me, you can get a laptop cheaper than an iPad! We did get them one of the cheap knockoff tablets for them to share, they mostly just like to watch funny uTube videos on it or play games. My 16 year old just got an iPhone 4 only because he was due for an upgrade so we were able to get it free, up until now he just had a regular phone.

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I just can't imagine being able to give iPads out as gifts to your kids. They're $500!

I heard a lot of justification like "I'm tired of them playing with mine/with my Iphone!". This is easy for me, I don't have an Ipad and I don't have a single game on my iPhone/can't imagine letting my kids play with it/tough it, so this whole justification is a little unimaginable to me Wink

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I do let my kids play with my smartphone (I'm an android user, not an iphone user). They are pretty careful with it and the time is limited.

But like I said, I worry about screen time as a whole so when they say "Can i play with your phone?" the answer is frequently a 'no' of some sort.

When its their own item? Its going to be even more frustrating to monitor screen time!

I really can't decide what the best solution to the screen-time issue is. By strictly monitoring it, are they going to go hog wild and become totally addicted when they do get full control? Or would they be worse off being over exposed during their childhood. I tend to gravitate towards the latter.

Seamus was raised in a minimalist screen time household, and I was raised in a free-for-all household. I have way more trouble disciplining myself with this stuff than he does.

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Yep, I hear you. We are getting our basement refinished right now and part of it is a larger playroom for the kids ~ its going to include some sort of video gaming system thing ~ knowing that that is coming in a few months when the project is done makes it easier for me to say "no" to handhelds . At almost 6 I'm just not worried about saying no. My kindy student gets computer time at school and they have "gametime" with video games one morning a week at our gym for 45 minutes......the learning curve is ridiculously fast.....so at this time I don't feel pressure to buy into the "educational" aspect or whatnot. I tend to believe nothing good comes of the kids I see who can't sit through a meal at a restaurant without some sort of device in their hand (and many of my friends kids are this way, unfortunately) so I know which side I'd rather err on, at this juncture of their childhood.

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We have an Ipad and mostly the kids use it when they have done everything they're supposed to do. We are not anti technology for kids. We have a special cover to protect it from getting broken. We don't allow most games.

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The iPad buys me extra sleep time on weekends. My 5-year-old wakes up very early on weekends and now I can give her the iPad, she pulls up a Disney Jr. show, watches, and when I get up I take it back and she sits and has breakfast and gets on with her day. I only wish I'd had such a thing when Nathaniel was that age and used to get up at FIVE A.M. It was brutal.

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Yep, I hear you. We are getting our basement refinished right now and part of it is a larger playroom for the kids ~ its going to include some sort of video gaming system thing ~ knowing that that is coming in a few months when the project is done makes it easier for me to say "no" to handhelds . At almost 6 I'm just not worried about saying no. My kindy student gets computer time at school and they have "gametime" with video games one morning a week at our gym for 45 minutes......the learning curve is ridiculously fast.....so at this time I don't feel pressure to buy into the "educational" aspect or whatnot. I tend to believe nothing good comes of the kids I see who can't sit through a meal at a restaurant without some sort of device in their hand (and many of my friends kids are this way, unfortunately) so I know which side I'd rather err on, at this juncture of their childhood.

I agree with this. DH sometimes lets T play on his phone when they are waiting somewhere (like, if they have to wait at the drs office) and now T asks to play with our phones at random times like at a restaurant or while in the car. This is a big pet peeve of mine; I kind of feel like being "out" is entertainment enough, and that it's a disservice to kids to get them hooked on playing games or watching TV when they could be learning how to act and enjoy being out for a special meal. But to me, that's easy enough to take care of, I just say no.

I'm trying to find the right balance, because I do feel like the reality of the world we live in is that technology is every where, and I don't think that technology is evil or anything. But I also feel like too much screen time (be that TV or video games) can definitely be a detriment to enjoying things that I think are more important, like what I call "real play" (with toys that don't play for you, so you have to use your imagination) or looking at books or just talking and connecting with people. So I haven't banned technology all together. Like I said, T has a LeapPad that he gets to use for up to a half an hour a day if he likes, or sometimes he and DH play Mario together on the Wii (which is actually kind of hilarious), but I just don't want it to get out of control, like that's all he wants to do. I would rather him spend the majority of his free time making his own fun; I think there is a huge value in having the ability to entertain yourself.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

but I just don't want it to get out of control, like that's all he wants to do. I would rather him spend the majority of his free time making his own fun; I think there is a huge value in having the ability to entertain yourself.

This is the thing that gets to me. Like Aodhan, the minute he feels bored, he wants to turn to video games, or computer or using my cell phone. I am saying no to him constantly and its exhausting. You would think he would have learned by now that I have said no, and we have talked about how too much screen time is not good for you but he continues to ask constantly anyway. At the beginning of this school year i set a rule of no video games during the school week. Yet he still asks..and i still say no.

Thats why i worry that once he's old enough where i can't really micromanage like that...he'll just go nuts, or I'll be constantly chasing after him to turn off the games.

ETA: Not all my kids do this...its mainly Aodhan. And I'm not saying its a boy thing...thats just the way it happened in my family.

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This is the thing that gets to me. Like Aodhan, the minute he feels bored, he wants to turn to video games, or computer or using my cell phone. I am saying no to him constantly and its exhausting. You would think he would have learned by now that I have said no, and we have talked about how too much screen time is not good for you but he continues to ask constantly anyway. At the beginning of this schools year i set a rule of no video games during the school week. Yet he still asks..and i still say no.

Thats why i worry that once he's old enough where i can't really micromanage like that...he'll just go nuts, or I'll be constantly chasing after him to turn off the games.

ETA: Not all my kids do this...its mainly Aodhan. And I'm not saying its a boy thing...thats just the way it happened in my family.

My oldest can be this way about wanting to watch a movie. She does not seem to understand that no matter how much she askes, I am only going to say yes to about one an evening. I am ok with them using the Kindle for math games, but that is not something they are willing to do for more than 15 minutes.

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OMG, I just literally blogged about this today!
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My kids just did a 12 hour drive, over 2 days, twice, with no electronic devices! And we didnt even miss them (we have had DVD players in the past). There, my bragging is done Smile I am actually not anti device, it is more a budget decision for us. We were given a WII second hand at Christmas and my sister is sending her old leapfrog game things soon, so we will see how it goes.

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We share an ipad as a family and neither of us have even touched it for almost a week now. I refuse to ever get a tv in my car or any future cars, and he does not play with my phone at restaurants... We color together instead. I would never buy him a smartphone at 6 years old. I was in 9th grade before I even had a cell phone and he will be around the same age as well... If any earlier, it will just be a cheap phone. I know an 8 year old that has had an iMac, ipod touch, watches tv in the car for a 15 min ride, and now an iphone 4. It's horrible.

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Tiven still gets carsick so I'm loathe to introduce electronics in the car. Twice now she's gone on a short ride with friends somewhere along the coast, that you have to *know* will be curvy, and I've said, don't put in a DVD. They did. You'd think they learned the lesson the first time? Nope. She threw up both ways the second trip. Funny, they haven't invited her along on any coastal trips recently.... Blum 3

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I'm definitely not anti-technology. I love technology and well, without it I would be unemployed. My main thing is that I kind of feel like I was raised in a screen-time free for all environment and I feel like it has negatively impacted me, and I know firsthand how hard it is to change things once that has been in place.

Obviously i don't think it ruined me. I'm a good person, I like to think I'm pretty intelligent, I'm happy with where I am in life but I think it would be great if I knew how to focus better...and if i didn't have to constantly fight that urge to have the tv on, or check my phone. While it has never been bad enough to truly negatively impact my life....its significant enough to be a serious nuisance.

I don't want that for my kids and i just keep thinking to myself its in their childhood that they will learn how to focus their attention, learn how to sit quietly, constructively use down-time and all those other things that i could do better myself.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

We share an ipad as a family and neither of us have even touched it for almost a week now. I refuse to ever get a tv in my car or any future cars, and he does not play with my phone at restaurants... We color together instead. I would never buy him a smartphone at 6 years old. I was in 9th grade before I even had a cell phone and he will be around the same age as well... If any earlier, it will just be a cheap phone. I know an 8 year old that has had an iMac, ipod touch, watches tv in the car for a 15 min ride, and now an iphone 4. It's horrible.

I always said the same thing about not having a TV in my car but Dh brought home a car for me last year with a DVD player (his family owns car dealerships so I never know what kind of car I am getting) and I really have to say I love having the DVD player. I have used it exactly 4 times but it made those 4 times so nice. All 4 times Dh and I were running errands and one of us would sit in the car while the other did whatever needed to be done. Made it so much easier. I do not keep DVDs in the car so they dont ask but if I know I will have them in the car for a while I bring one along

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

I was in 9th grade before I even had a cell phone and he will be around the same age as well...

When I was in Grade 9, cell phones were on Star Trek only. Way to make me feel old.

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When I was in Grade 9, cell phones were on Star Trek only. Way to make me feel old.

I didn't get my first cell phone until I was 37 and pregnant. They definitely weren't everywhere until I was in my 30s. Before that the big fancy thing was to have a "car phone" and they were hilariously gigantic.

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When I was in Grade 9, cell phones were on Star Trek only. Way to make me feel old.

Hahahahah, I was just going to say the same thing. I was like 25 when I got my first cell phone! I used to call my poor parents every Sunday from some random pay phone somewhere in the country when I was traveling around living in the back of my truck with my dog and boyfriend. I pray my kids are kinder to me.

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When I was in Grade 9, cell phones were on Star Trek only. Way to make me feel old.

I was thinking cell phones were not around in 9th grade either. I think in 10th grade DH's father got a huge car phone for emergencies because he was in a wheel chair and if he got stranded, he was really stranded. Even in college no one had cell phones. The big thing then was a pre-paid phone card.

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Yeah I got my first cell phone when i was in my late twenties I think? Seamus and I shared it an i almost NEVER used it. I actually only started REALLY using a cell phone in 2009.

When I was in 9th grade I think my father had one of those gigantic car phones that had its own bag and thats about it.

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"blather" wrote:

When I was in Grade 9, cell phones were on Star Trek only. Way to make me feel old.

I'm with you blather. Deniz, you just totally dated me. Way to go. Wink I'm just bugging. I'm the only one who makes me feel old! Smile

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