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Cellphones and Children

August 7th, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 5 Comments

What age is an appropriate age for a child to have a cell phone?

Yesterday I watched a young girl text one of her friends from her own cell phone. The girl didn’t look more than 10. I couldn’t believe it. In my opinion, I think ten is too young to be texting on a cell phone.

Cell Phone Statistics

What do the statistics say about children and cell phones?

According to statistics 22 percent of young children ages 6-9 , 60 percent of tweens ages 10-14, and 84 percent of teens ages 15-18 own a cell phone.

A report published by Retrevo, which studies how people use gadgets in everyday life found the most popular age for a child’s first cell phone was between the age of 13 – 18 years with almost 61% of parents indicating the teenage years was the right time for a cell phone. ( -The Retrevo Gadgetology Report)

Personally I don’t think should be texting from a cell phone until they are at-least 14.

Should parents monitor their childrens cell phone use?

Child safety advocate, Parry Aftab, said, “Parents are totally clueless about what kids are doing on cell phones.”

While it is important to monitor what your child is doing on the computer, it is just as important to monitor what they are doing on their cell phone.

There are now cell phones specifically designed for children. The Firefly mobile phone and TicTalk allow parents to restrict who their children can call.

Should you buy your child’s cell phone?

I never purchased either of my children a cell phone. When my daughter wanted one we made her wait until she was in high school and working. We then allowed her to purchase a pre-paid cell phone.

Goodbye, land-line!

What ever happened to the land-line? I survived by using a land-line telephone when I was a teen. Oh, how times have changed.

Does your child have a cell phone? At what age did they get their cellphone?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • Peter McCartney
    Wrote: Aug 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

    What age is an appropriate age for a child to have a cell phone? No age is appropriate when they’re living at home with one. For the life of me, I don’t know how one of ours raked up a bill of $6000 and silly us, paid it!


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    $6000! Wow that is crazy stuff.

  • Margaret
    Wrote: Aug 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Yes, too young. We made our kids wait until they were driving and actually NEEDED a cell phone. We monitored their usage and I put some blocks on one daughter’s phone. (she kept downloading stuff that cost us money)

  • Mitch
    Wrote: Aug 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I have no kids, but I’ve seen kids as young as 8 with them. But the parents were also relatively young, as in under 30, and I think that’s kind of telling. I met a mother at a meeting who was griping because the school took her daughter’s cell phone away when she wanted to be able to send messages to her daughter during school hours. That’s when you know that there’s a disconnect between what’s important and what’s just childish, even from an adult.


    Rose DesRochers Reply:

    Now that’s insane!