Minors with cell phones

Discussion in 'Black Parenting' started by Radical Faith, Feb 17, 2006.

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Do children need a cell phone?

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  1. Radical Faith

    Radical Faith Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The era I grow up in there were no cell phones. As a matter of fact a good portion of my childhood we had phones that had to be dialed. What's so different now?

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  2. Coach707

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    These kids are growin up in a society of indulgence. My theory has always been that if you "want" something you should work and sacrifice whatever it took to get it. This is not the concept in todays society. Everyone is looking for the quick buck, or the greates benefit for the least amount of time and effort. The question is, what message are you sending to the youth if you allow a child that has no concept of responsibility get all of the things that he "wants." I emphasise "want" because I dont want anyone to get it confused with the baisc "needs" that children and young adults must have to live.

    I believe that as a parent, it is our job to make sure that our children understand the value of a dollar. How can they do this when they dont have a job, yet they have on shoes that are more expensive than there parents that actually work every day?
     
  3. karmashines

    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    A child has very little if any need for a cell phone. Most of their environment is going to be at home or in school, neither of which has a need for that. The exception might be if they go out with friends... I would lend my kid a cell phone so he could contact me in case of emergency.

    Teens don't need them either, unless they go out a lot. And it would still be for the same reason, being able to keep in touch with them in case of emergency.
     
  4. KWABENA

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    .............So I tke it that no parents here buy their children cell phones?

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  5. Coach707

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    Once my son gets of age, if he wants a cel phone or any of the latest gadgets, he's going to get them tyhe ole-fashioned way. If he doesnt have a job, I'll make him work for me in order to get it. This way I know that he'll take care of it and he wont take it for granted. The value of a dollar concept seems to be a thing of the past nowadays.
     
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    I dont really se a problem with it
    I see more safety and security
    I feel that my child if I had any
    Would feel more safe as well with one
    Society and timnes have changed
     
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    My son is 12 years old. He has a cellphone. I got him a cell phone last summer. There was a rash of child abductions and molestations. My son has to wait for me at school about 30mins until I get off from work and pick him up. I was scared out of my mind last year when I got into an accident and I couldn't get in touch with him to let him know I was running late. The school office was closed when I got there an hour and a half later, and I freaked. When I got to the school I couldn't find him, I started calling everyone I knew (I had no one to pick him up for me that time of day) and no way to contact him to let him know what was going on. He decided to walk to a friends house to use the phone, but when he got there no one was home so he walked up to Walmart about a mile away and called me on my cell.

    That's when I knew I had to get him a cellphone. He has a very basic phone that is on my plan so I can monitor his calls online along with mine. He has no texting capabilities and crazy ring tones. He has to only use it for communication with family. It has worked wonderfully, since I sat down and explained to him why I felt he needed a cellphone.
     
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    Wow, that's scary.

    But still, you provided your son the cell phone for his safety and security (which is understable). There are some kids that just expect to have a cell phone for no reason other than to look cool or talk to their friends.
     
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    Thats the main function for a cell phone
    Security and Safety when it comes to minors
     
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    I can remember when I was in High school, I used to be upset about us not being able to have cell phones in school. The only reason why I thought we should be able to have cell phones (in and out of school), was in case of an emergency.

    Today it has become a distraction - a reason not to go to class, and not to do any work. I have only come to learn that at any given time, these children are not facing emergencies. Not only that, but I would like to know - Upon buying children cell phones, do they teach them what to do in case of an emergency?

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