Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kids and Cell Phone, How Young is to Young?

Read an interesting post on Love Shak Baby, it was about kids and cell phones. Interesting that she wrote about this because I have been thinking the same thing lately. I went with my daughter to school the other day, drop her off just like any other day, and noticed that a few girls, probably in the 3rd or 4th grade were on cell phones.

I turned and asked my daughter if any of her friends have cell phones, she is in the 1st grade. She said yes, two girls in her class have cells…I was a little blown away.. After I asked her that question she was quiet for a few minutes and then she said, mom I don’t need a phone, I think I am to young. I was really glad to hear her say that, because she is to young. But when is a child old enough to have a cell?

I remember when I was kids, my mom could trust me playing outside until the sun started to set and then I was home. However, how many times was I late, or stuck somewhere and having a phone on me would have been ideal. The biggest difference, I never let my kids out of my site when they play outside. If one of the other moms are not outside watching, then I am on the front porch, the days are not like they use to be.

However, regards to cell phones, how young is to young? When do we make the decision to buy a child a cell phone? Is it 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade? Chime in, let me know your thoughts..


Garza Girl said...

Hiya. My Kindergarten-age twins don't have cellphones but they know how to use one, can call key people (My favorites list on my iPhone). I don't mind them learning independence in speaking to people they are thinking about (they called an uncle the other day without me knowing), but it's gonna be awhile before they have their own cells.

In comparison, they've had their own laptops for a year.

CraizedMom - Kristin Bleier said...

Totally agree on using the phone..it is actually owning one that I am not sure about. My six year old has a laptop too, she is awesome on the computer...

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Hey there. I saw your incoming link to my blog...thanks!

My oldest daughter is 6 and in first grade. Last year one of her friends had a cell phone. I couldn't believe it but the mom works a lot and her kids are with a nanny/babysitter frequently. On the other end of the spectrum, one of my fellow soccer moms has a daughter in 8th grade and she won't let her have a cell phone.

Personally I think junior high is plenty early enough to consider a phone...but I may be old fashioned! And think about who is going to be paying for it! ;)