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March 19th, 2013, 10:09 AM
Jessimaaka's Avatar Pink in a house of Blue
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What age do you plan to allow your child(ren) to have a cell phone?

*Not intended to start a debate! Just curious!*
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March 19th, 2013, 10:22 AM
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I got my first cell phone when I was in grade 8 and 14 years old.... I had absolutely NO use for it until about 2 years later, and then texting really took over and it became such a lifeline.

My thoughts originally on this were that as soon as my kid has a drivers licence they can have a cell phone.... I wouldn't feel comfortable with them not having one, so determining who paid the bills, and what kind of access to info on it I had etc would be negotiable.

But now that we live where we do, it's about an hour's drive before you'd get cell service, so the answer is no... until my kids move away from home they will not have a cell phone, why pay for something you can't use!
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March 19th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Considering I dont have a cell phone, I probably wont be getting my little ones one any time soon. My daughter asked me for one but I gave her a flat out no. She is six though, maybe when she is like 16 -18 or so.
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March 19th, 2013, 05:29 PM
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my kids can have a cell phone when they have a job and can pay their own bill. They can borrow my phone or Dhs if there is ever a situation where i would want them to have a phone with them
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March 19th, 2013, 06:37 PM
mccaroline's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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my kids can have a cell phone when they have a job and can pay their own bill. They can borrow my phone or Dhs if there is ever a situation where i would want them to have a phone with them
Yep, this. DD1 has asked many times to have one, but I'm holding my ground on this one.
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March 20th, 2013, 08:33 AM
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My oldest got one when she was 14, about midway through grade 9. She was the very last one of her friends to get one (which I'm okay with, I'm just saying). It's been really convenient when she hit grade 10 and has started doing some different things that make it nice for me to be able to keep in touch with her.
She bought her phone herself, and pays for the plan herself
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March 20th, 2013, 12:40 PM
2pinks&ablue's Avatar Chantelle
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When our kids are about 14 it will be negotiable, before that I don't see any need, but at that point they may start being places without us and I would like to be able to keep in touch with them. It will be a prepaid though, and they will pay for it themselves if they want one.
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March 20th, 2013, 01:47 PM
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I'm not sure - probably high school and even then I don't want him to take it to school.
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March 20th, 2013, 03:04 PM
Jessimaaka's Avatar Pink in a house of Blue
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I'm on the same page...highschool, pay for it themselves, prepaid.
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March 21st, 2013, 05:21 AM
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My son has asked for one since he was 7!! Seems CRAZY TO ME! I always tell him he's never away from me long enough to even need to call me, and I can't see him having many other people to keep in contact with!! I'm really not sure what age he should get one I was thinking maybe 13-14 I guess. I didn't get a cell phone until I was 20! :O lol
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March 21st, 2013, 08:24 AM
Jessimaaka's Avatar Pink in a house of Blue
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Haha, so we seem to be all on relatively the same page!
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