• yes for emergencies but would be prepaid so could not rack up to many minutes.
  • Only if they will need one, like if they go traveling regularly on a bus with their sports team and need to keep in contact with you or something like that. But not for conversations with friends, they can use your home phone for that.
  • Yes, the peace of mind is worth it, prepaid unlimited like ReadyMobile is great, only activate them when you want, makes them follow the rules, like answer when I call.
  • Yep, I bought my son a cell when he was 13. He is in a lot of school activities & it helps to keep him & us from waiting around when an event or practice ends early or late.
  • If you do there are plans where if your child uses all their min then the phone wont make calls any more. Also you can get prepaid phones. When I was younger I got one when I was 15. It really can help you keep track of where they are and if you have to get ahold of them while they are out you can. At the end of the day its all up to you and what you feel is right.
  • It can be a good way to teach responsibility and a great way to keep the kid in line! Bad grades? Take the cell.
  • I personally think it would be great, but I would also limit and control what they do on the phone. I'm sure you've heard of those phones, like the disney ones, that control minutes and text and everything else from your own cell phone? Those would be a great starting phone for a child under 15. Kids nowadays are doing really stupid things and do anything for attention, so I would just be careful on getting them any other phone. They can be exposed to a lot and expose a lot themselves. Other than that possibility, they are great in case of emergency, or just to keep in contact with your kid when they stay after school, are at a friends house, or whatever else they do.
  •'s a good idea that the cell phone doesn't come from the 1980s
  • Yes, and I did. I bought both of my kids Fireflies when they were younger than 15-years old - that's who they're designed for.
  • I'd almost want to wait until they are 15 and only if they can contribute some money for the cell phone plan (baby sitting, newspaper deliveries, etc).
  • I did do that because my son did so many different things with school, that it made it easier for me. He could call me and tell me when he was finished with football practice, or any event that didn't have a set time to end.
  • Sorry, pal I had this space filled with why I wouldn't, but decided to erase it and just say no. I've had enough DR'ing lately.
  • I carry one primarily for emergencies. It's OK to get him one but you have to expect the problems, going over on the minutes and text messages, and you need a plan that has no limit.
  • Nope. Both of my kids didn't have a cell until they were old enough to find a job and buy their own and pay for the service, and they did.
  • yeah, cuz it would teach the kid more responsibility towards that type of thing, like learning what you text can be held against you anytime.
  • Only if I could preprogram the only numbers that they could call or receive.
  • I'd get them something like a Kajeet which would allow me to control the number of minutes they can use up, whom they can call and text with and the hours they could do it. Of course, as they grow up, give them more freedom to acknowledge their growth.
  • Depends on the circumstances. My kids' school is 20 miles from home and it can be challenging to get messages to them with after school activities, etc. Also, just for safety to call 911 if they get harassed while walking, etc. So they get a plain prepaid phone (no camera, no MP3 player, etc.) and just a few minutes per month. They can communicate with parents, but can't stay up all night texting friends. It's not enough just because they want one, or because their friends have one. When they get older and start driving you'll at least want a phone in the car, but even then they might not need a personal one.
  • Of course. If the children have cell phones, their parents can always reach them and they can always reach their parents.

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