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Too young for a cell phone?

  1. 3-5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. 6-8

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
  3. 9-11

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  4. 12-15

    8 vote(s)
    33.3%
  5. 16-18

    12 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. Oct 23, 2005 #1

    Pengwuino

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    Ok so at what point do you draw the line when it comes to children having full blown full featured unmonitored cell phones?

    Personally, I'd make cell phones equivalent to alcohol. You'd need to be 21 to own one, excessive use in public would be an arrestable offense, and giving a cell phone to a minor would be a large fine. You could also get your kids taken away for over-cellphoning.

    But thats just me :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Oh and the poll is what YOU would do, not what you would like for other people to do.
     
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    I agree. *gasp*

    I hate having one.
     
  4. Oct 23, 2005 #3

    Pengwuino

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    Wow first time ive seen a reply to a poll thread before the poll was even put up
     
  5. Oct 23, 2005 #4
    there's no 21+ option.
     
  6. Oct 23, 2005 #5
    Yeah I agree it is outrageous now-a-days.


    Just for emergencies right? That is why my son/daughter needs text messaging, and a cellphone that takes pictures.
     
  7. Oct 23, 2005 #6
    A poll thread? Man you are slow!!!


    Hmm, what exactly are we answering here? What would it mean if I were to choose 16-18? Does that mean that I would be ok with a 16-18 year old having a cell phone? Or does that mean that you must be at least 16-18 to have a cell phone?
     
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  8. Oct 23, 2005 #7

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    Well basically if you think "oh I'd be comfortable with my kid having a cell phone once he reaches 10" then you'd select the range that 10 years is. I couldn't put every single number so i made little ranges :P
     
  9. Oct 23, 2005 #8

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    :rofl: OMG!!!! Smurf and Pengwuino have agreed again! *runs to the window* Nope, not even a full moon. :bugeye:

    Excessive cell phoning (a new verb I see) should be a felony! :rofl:

    In terms of unmonitored, unrestricted use...it would depend on the kid. Some are probably responsible enough by the time they are 15 or 16, but others still aren't responsible cell phone users yet when they hit 30. When they turn 18, they are legally adults, so as long as they are paying their own bills, then they are free to do as they choose (rules are a little different if they're still mooching off their parents at 18). Until then, it's a privilege granted by the parents...if you abuse it, you lose it.
     
  10. Oct 23, 2005 #9
    Ok, that is more clear :smile:
     
  11. Oct 23, 2005 #10
    Hmm, so far 100% of the people agree with me.
     
  12. Oct 23, 2005 #11

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    Well so far this is rather hilarious since my 9 year old niece wants a cell phone already :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  13. Oct 23, 2005 #12
    Im 17 and get by fine without one. however, I also dont have a car. However, I choose 12-15, depending on the kid, at that age, it might start to become good if they start using one.
     
  14. Oct 23, 2005 #13
    She's in what 4th grade? And she has yet to have a cell phone? Geeze her parents are mean!!!!!! She must be the most un-popular kid at school.
     
  15. Oct 23, 2005 #14

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    The scariest part about this is that that very well might be true for that exact reason. I once drove my friend to pickup her siblings from elementary school and i saw some kids with cell phones and im just like "..... my god... isn't this one of the signs of the Armaggedon?
     
  16. Oct 23, 2005 #15

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    A 9-year old?! At 9, I still had to ask my parents for permission to use the phone...the ONE phone, with the rotary dial, in the kitchen, where everyone could overhear the entire conversation. That rule applied until I was in high school, when I finally got my own phone in my room at around 16 (AFTER my parents were certain they had listened in on enough conversations between me and my first "real" boyfriend...we had a lot of conversations about physics homework :rofl:...what else can you discuss when your parents are listening in?)
     
  17. Oct 23, 2005 #16
    No cell phones for my kids from me. that means they'll be out of the house before they get one.... 22?.

    If they need a cell phone in order to call one of us parents in an emergency (not a problem as yet but maybe when they're older) they'll get mine or husband's for the occasion only. Like if they're going on a hike with some friends or something.

    We don't have cell phones yet either. Who needs em.
     
  18. Oct 23, 2005 #17

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    Sure sure moonbear, and let me guess, you had to walk 15 miles in the snow to the phone :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  19. Oct 23, 2005 #18

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    I'd probably get one for my kid when they got their first car since you can't find payphones anymore if you break down. I might get one for a younger teen (15 or 16) if they were very responsible and involved in extracurricular activities to make it easier to call when they were ready to get picked up to come home (if they weren't very responsible, I wouldn't be allowing them to participate in many extracurricular activities anyway...that's another privilege they'd have to earn).

    Edit: I should add that if I got a phone for a kid of mine, it would have very limited functions. They wouldn't be text messaging all day, or calling all their friends. Ideally, it would be programmed to do nothing but call MY cellphone, and it WOULD be taken away at the first sign of abuse.
     
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  20. Oct 23, 2005 #19

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    :rofl:

    boy oh boy... was this back in the 70's :biggrin:
     
  21. Oct 23, 2005 #20
    Not to mention uphill both ways... :rolleyes: :uhh:
     
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