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December 18th, 2013, 10:21 AM
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When do you think a child should get his/her first cell phone? Does it depend on activities they do outside of the home? Do you have a specific age in mind?

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December 18th, 2013, 01:11 PM
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My older three all got one when they started High School (age 11/12) and I have no plans for Jaidyn getting one before then either.
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December 18th, 2013, 09:47 PM
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ds1 was 14. There are even fewer pay phones around now than there used to be, so ds2 will be a lot younger. I would like to get him something like this:

Firefly kids' phone

but will probably have to settle for the cheapest "dumb phone" that works with my family plan when the time comes. I want something that does NOT have a camera or internet access.

It absolutely depends on lifestyle. If ds2 was in a brick and morter school and afterschool care, extracurriculars, etc. I would want him to have one now.

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December 19th, 2013, 12:17 PM
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Kolby is 11 and has one. He can't keep up with it most of the time. Riley keeps asking for one but won't get one for a couple of more years.

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December 20th, 2013, 07:32 AM
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Mine have to buy their own. So when they can afford it/ are at least 14 to legally get a prepaid.
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December 20th, 2013, 02:48 PM
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I'll probably let Annelise have a cell phone when she goes to middle school. Right now she's always with me so there's no need.
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December 22nd, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Parker is 8, and we've been thinking about it. But, it would just be one that he could ONLY call out on, or receive calls. No internet or anything. He is always walking around the block to his friend's house, and they walk down to the park to play (it's about 4 houses down from his friend's house), and they also ride bikes at the parking lot up from his friends house. (an abandoned one, no traffic) I think that it would be nice for him to have a phone on him during those times, and if I need to get a hold of him, I can. It's more for safety than anything.

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December 31st, 2013, 04:15 PM
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IMO it depends on their maturity and need for one. David got his at 13. We did not feel he was mature enough before that and he really wasn't social outside of school

Hailey got hers at age 10. She is mature for her age and very social. She was using my phone in the evenings and weekends to text her friends and it started to get annoying when I wanted to use my phone and when friends would text or call for her when I was still at work

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January 15th, 2014, 06:39 PM
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My boys are too young but I think when they are teens is a good time.
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