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Cast Your Vote:

    • When ever they ask for one -- Votes: 0
    • between 5-7 years old -- Votes: 0
    • between 8-11 years old -- Votes: 8
    • between 12-15 years old -- Votes: 24
    • Other -- Votes: 4
x*x B-Baby 1 child; 1 angel baby; CARROLLTON, Virginia 1769 posts
22nd Feb '13

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Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Oceanside, CA, United States 112675 posts
22nd Feb '13

When they're old enough to help pay for it.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
22nd Feb '13

At 6 I would get my kids one of those emergency phones that can only call like 4 numbers and 911. Probably 12-13 for a "real" phone

Danielle: Jack&Basil'sMom 2 kids; Raleigh, North Carolina 14528 posts
22nd Feb '13

When my boys have jobs or pick up extra chores for pocket money and can pay for their phones and plans, they may have them

The Dandelion Rapist 18 kids; New Mexico 6885 posts
22nd Feb '13

I think when a child is the age to go in public without adult supervision then they're old enough to have at least an emergency cell phone.

~Mommyof3girls~ 3 kids; Ohio 2686 posts
22nd Feb '13

No way in hell would my 4 or 5 (5 and 6 at the end of the year) get a cell phone! DH and I have had this discussion before; he got his first at 12 and I got my first at 15. I personally think that 14 or 15 is a good age.

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7830 posts
22nd Feb '13

I have seen children between the ages of 4-10 with f**king Iphones. C'mon now....Really? Who the hell do they need to talk to!?



I'd say when they are allowed to go in public without adult supervision. When they get to the age of after school activities and etc.

FroggysMommy 1 child; Golden, Colorado 26153 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting B-Baby:" A friend of mine's son turned 6 today! Hard to believe he's already 6!!! But his dad and SM got him a ... [snip!] ... I personally think when they can truly understand the responsibility of having one. That could mean 12 or that could be 15."


Lily is 9 and has a cell phone and she's very responsible with it, and I ABSOLUTELY feel the need for her to have it.

Vitameatavegamin 19 kids; League City, Texas 5828 posts
22nd Feb '13

I would probably say maybe as early as 11, like a very simple phone with a tracker.

1inpink2inblue Switzerland 11952 posts
22nd Feb '13

When they pay for it their selves.

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
22nd Feb '13

An emergency phone with pre programmed numbers as soon as they are old enough to know how to use it and will be going.places (Friends houses ect.) with out me. A real phone with out internet usage or picture messaging at 12-14 depending on her maturity. IMO some parents these days are way too lax with their children's cellphone usage. A while ago my SO had one of his brothers female friends (13) texting him suggestively even after he made it very clear he wasnt interested in even talking appropriately with her and that he thought what she was doing was extremely inappropriate. Then when he stopped answering she tried sending him a picture of her in her bra and underwear... We called her mother at that point who just said "Oh well she's just curious! Ill just tell her not to text you any more!" If that was my kid they wouldn't have a cellphone any more...

Charlotte & Gabe 2 kids; California 14276 posts
22nd Feb '13

i was 16 when i got my first. crazy how some 10 year olds i know have iphones. :?

Charlotte & Gabe 2 kids; California 14276 posts
22nd Feb '13
Quoting Brookie99:" An emergency phone with pre programmed numbers as soon as they are old enough to know how to use it and ... [snip!] ... she's just curious! Ill just tell her not to text you any more!" If that was my kid they wouldn't have a cellphone any more..."


WTF? :shock:

lynnsaymarie 17 kids; Buffalo, New York 2011 posts
22nd Feb '13

imho it depends on the kid. I personally wouldn't get them a phone until they can pay for it (via chores or job) the only way they would get one sooner is if they stay after school a lot and even then it'd be prepay and programmed to call certain numbers.

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
22nd Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting C's Mommy +1:</b>" WTF? :shock:"</blockquote>




Yep and SO is 20.. Sadly I wasn't surprised. In my home town there are 14 year old girls DATING 20 year old men and their parents allow it... Im seriously appalled at some of the things parents in my area think is appropriate for 12-15 year old girls.