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My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now. I've told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when the majority of her 5th grade class has one. Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?

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  1. #1
    fme2356
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    My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now. I've

    told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when

    the majority of her 5th grade class has one.



    Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?








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    Mark and Emily May
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    My BF got her 8 yo a cell phone b/c he was
    going to go to a 3 day church camp. He didn’t go to camp, but he still
    carries the phone. I think it’s a Firefly – she got it on the
    Cingular website. I just don’t understand the purchase – he’s
    always at a friend’s house (within a block), and there is always an adult
    with them. Now my 6 yo wants one. I told her she could have one when she was
    the EXACT same age as Tyler
    – which will be never. <font size="2" color="navy" face="Wingdings">10.0pt;font-family:Wingdings;color:navy;">J



    I don’t understand why kids need
    cell phones – pre-teens (13 & up), maybe since they go to the mall,
    movies, etc. Has anyone noticed the lack of pay phones around anymore?



    Emily






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    My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a
    year now. I've

    told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when

    the majority of her 5th grade class has one.



    Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?

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    herberkids3
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    No, no, and no. My daughter is 11, and she has 2 friends with cell

    phones. She has been bugging me for one. I told her the same thing

    I'll say now- there is NO reason for a 10 year old, a 12 year old,

    or a 15 year old to have a cell phone.



    Yes, I know people will jump up and say, "But we can get ahold of

    them easier!" I'd like to point out that when we were all teens, we

    never had cells, let alone when we were 10. We checked in with a

    regular phone, and didn't rack up MASSIVE bills from texting,

    calling people all day, or get into trouble at school for taking a

    phone to school.



    We told our daughter that when she is 16, and has a job to pay for a

    phone, along with getting good grades, we will consider letting her

    get a cell.



    There is simply NO good reason for a child to have one. If she

    REALLY wants a phone, put a landline in her room.











    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "fme2356" <fme2356@...> wrote:

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    > My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now.

    I've

    > told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad

    when

    > the majority of her 5th grade class has one.

    >

    > Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?

    >










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    Donna Reichle
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    <FONT face="Times New Roman" size="4">I agonized over this too. I have having the large monthly bills for the phones and I did NOT want to add yet another line. However, I did finally break down and get my 12 year old a phone. Reason: she is in many after school activities, some of which require her to walk a bit (in our small town with a bunch of friends), and I want to know she got where she was going and is OK. Also, with afterschool sports, if she ever misses the late bus, school is closed up by then and she could end up being stranded. So, for me, it is purely a safety issue. We have 500 minutes a month for the three of us, that should be more than enough for all of us (my dh and I only use about 100 minutes combined). If she goes over, she WILL be paying for it. If she text messages, she WILL be paying for it. We've only had it a month or so, we will see how it goes!
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    Miskin Meadows
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    <SPAN class="859051412-22062007"><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#800080" size="4">My kids were told if you want a cell phone or I pod etc....then get a part time job to pay for one.
    <SPAN class="859051412-22062007"><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#800080" size="4">
    <SPAN class="859051412-22062007"><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#800080" size="4">I will not supply them one just because their friends have one. we always tell the kids when that excuse is heard that why not save your money for fun stuff and use your friends cell phones<LOL> it really works...
    <SPAN class="859051412-22062007"><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#800080" size="4">my daughter was cutting grass for 2 neighbors and yard work at that age and walking dogs for spending money.. teaches them the value of money which many kids don't get these days.


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    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">Mine has one. He is 12. I got it for him when he was 9. I use it as an electronic tether. When he goes over to a friend's house, he must have it and it must be on. So when he misses his deadline to come home I can call him and ask him what time it is <grin>.
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">I highly recommend using only a pay as you go service. Virgin is the one I use for him. (https://www.<WBR title="https://www.virginmobileusa.com/">virginmobileusa.<WBR title="https://www.virginmobileusa.com/">com/) You can buy a refurbished phone ot their website for $10. Then put $20 on it to activate it and keep it going for 3 months (if he doesn't talk much on it - if he does, I have to add more $$$). Target has the phone cards on sale for Virgin wireless once in a while (2 $20 cards for $30). Plus if he looses it, get the spare cell you got when you got the 1st one, move the minutes and # to the spare phone. What are you out? A total of $10. So he doesn't loose an expensive phone or have it count against your cell contract.
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">BTW... stick to your guns if you have already said no. Then the next time she asks, give her a motive to get one... if you keep your room clean for a month, then we will see.







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    My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now. I've told her no several times and I have my reasons.
    Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?



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    Carrie Zalenski
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    Great idea about the motive! Thank you! I never thought about that.I just think she is to young to have one. But if I make her work hard to get it and then have it as a reward that will work. I'll see how bad she wants it!I think I will wait until school starts back and make her work hard to get this phone. Once she gets it I'm sure she will be very thankful.

    armstrca <carmstr1@ems.jsc.nasa.gov> wrote: <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">Mine has one. He is 12. I got it for him when he was 9. I use it as an electronic tether. When he goes over to a friend's house, he must have it and it must be on. So when he misses his deadline to come home I can call him and ask him what time it is <grin>. <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007"> <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">I highly recommend using only a pay as you go service. Virgin is the one I use for him. (https://www.<WBR title="https://www.virginmobileusa.com/">virginmobileusa.<WBR title="https://www.virginmobileusa.com/">com/) You can buy a refurbished phone ot their website for $10. Then put $20 on it to activate it and keep it going for 3 months (if he doesn't talk much on it - if he does, I have to add more $$$). Target has the phone cards on sale for Virgin wireless once in a while (2 $20 cards for $30). Plus if he looses it, get the spare cell you got when you got the 1st one, move the minutes and # to the spare phone. What are you out? A total of $10. So he doesn't loose an expensive phone or have it count against your cell contract. <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="752595912-22062007">BTW... stick to your guns if you have already said no. Then the next time she asks, give her a motive to get one... if you keep your room
    clean for a month, then we will see.
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    My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now. I've told her no several times and I have my reasons.
    Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?


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    Ray and Jen
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    14.0pt;font-family:Tahoma;color:navy;">My daughter is 10, and will be going into
    the 5<sup>th</sup> grade in August. She doesn’t have a cell phone
    now, and I don’t foresee one any time in the near future. I think you
    should stick to your guns and not let what other parent’s do or think persuade
    you to change your mind. Sometimes I think there is as much peer pressure
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    <font size="2" face="Georgia">10.0pt;font-family:Georgia;letter-spacing:0pt;">My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year
    now. I've

    told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when

    the majority of her 5th grade class has one.



    Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?
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    Lois
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    My daughter got her cell phone when she went into Jr High - so at the age of 12. This was a phone to be used only for emergencies - which she did really well with. She just turned 14, I upgraded her to a cell phone with unlimited minutes and texting. Her brother that is going into Jr High in August got her old phone -just for emergencies. I have to agree with you - 5th grade is too young in my opinion - and are you sure that "everyone" has one - or do a few - but you are being told it's "everyone". I know that at my kids schools- if you are caught using the cell phone during school hours - you lose it immediately until the end of the school year. Lois

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    told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when
    the majority of her 5th grade class has one.

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    forbidnlover
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    Don't feel bad. My son (11) started asking for one last year. I told

    him no several times and just keep telling him NO! My reasoning for

    this is that he's never all that far away from me. When he runs around

    town playing with his friends he has to take a walkie talkie with him.

    It has a ring just like a cell phone that I can get his attention with

    and if he's somewhere that he doesn't want others to hear the

    conversation he just steps out for a minute.



    I would say that you have to look at your situation. Is she away from

    you often? Would it be beneficial for you to help keep tabs on her?

    Can you trust her with one? Will she run up the bill? Text until her

    fingers fall off? Can she pay for it herself like with allowance or

    something? I think you need to make a list of all the pros and cons of

    this... I won't get either of my kids one until their Father and I feel

    that they need one for us to keep in touch. It's kind of like a car.

    If they can't take care of it and are going to abuse it, then they

    don't need it yet. Peer pressure is not a reason to get her one... if

    my kids need a phone we have a land line for their chit chat.



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    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "fme2356" <fme2356@...> wrote:



    My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now. I've

    told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when

    the majority of her 5th grade class has one.



    Does your child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?










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    Maja Drouin
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    Our13 yr old son has a cellphone, and have had it for about a yr now, its a prepaid plan, and we gave it to him so we could all have a great peace of mind and get a hold of us and vice versafor when ever he's outside or at a friends house.I wouldnt have an issue giving a 10 yr old a cell phone, it gives a peace of mind and there's a lot of weirdos out there. Maja

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    Diane
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    First, some questions. What does your 10 yr. old need with a cell

    phone? Who would she be calling? Would you be paying the bill or her?

    I'm guessing you! Are you ready for all the added expense this is going

    to put on your budget?



    This is just my opinion,and a strong one, but peer pressure can work

    two ways. If it is for the good of your DD fine, otherwise don't fall

    for it. I have 7 kids (combined family), mostly sons, 2 daughters ages

    32 thru 15. In our house the rule was, when you get a job and pay for

    it yourself, you can have it. This went for cars/insurance/main. on

    car/gas as well. And yes, we have spoiled our kids in other ways LOL. I

    can't tell you how many mins. the older boys put on their 1st cell

    phones to get the $400 bill they received, that took them months to pay

    off. I can't tell you how many times they have changed cell phone

    companies because their phones were shut-off because they owed money

    (this includes sons and daughters to this day). Daughters seem to loose

    the phones more than sons as well, but I guess this depends on the kid.

    ARE YOU SEE $$$ SIGNS? And yes, some of this happened when cell phones

    were NEW some years back, but even with the family plans I can't see

    how much things have changed. Any place your daughter would be should

    have a phone she could use(school, church, friends, etc...). And if ALL

    her friends have cell phones they could let her use theirs and then

    explain to their parents why their bill is so high or they are over on

    their mins. My 17 and 15 yr. old sons (2007-08, senior/soph. in HS)

    still don't have cell phones! If they have someplace to go for school

    we will SOMETIMES give them ours to use for that time only. Have found

    they take pics with camera and text message, which are services we

    don't have or use. No surprise there, right!



    Does your daugther have or get an allowance for doing chores around the

    house/yard? We don't do allowance. The kids have chores they get paid

    for like mowing the yard,shoveling snow, etc... not cleaning their

    rooms or doing their laundry (started doing their own at 12),( you mess

    it up, you clean it or live in it). They also have odd jobs from

    neighbors for which they get paid. We have tried to teach them that 2/3

    goes in the bank and 1/3 is theirs to do with as they wish. If they

    have a big ticket item they want (computer game, whatever), they need

    to save their 1/3 of the money. And yes, we will give in at times if

    they have been saving for a long time and are close to their goal. We

    pay for school lunches, but only a few time a year (try to do once a

    month), otherwise it's brown bag lunches even for hubby. I guess the

    question here would be, is there someway your daughter earns money

    where she could help pay for her cell phone? IT'S NOT A RIGHT to have a

    cell phone , IT'S A PRIVILEGE! It's should be EARNED.



    Just my thoughts on the subjects of cell phones and allowance.



    Diane in IL





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "fme2356" <fme2356@...> wrote:

    >

    > My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now.

    I've

    > told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad

    when

    > the majority of her 5th grade class has one.

    >

    > Do you child have a cell phone? What made you buy them one?

    >










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    docnsure
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    why do we think 10 year olds NEED to have a cell phone? My daughter is 14 (Yes

    she wants

    one)and a son who is 12, neither one has one, and my children are active. If

    they stay after

    school they can call home on the school phone. If they are at a friends house I

    better have the

    phone number to the friends house any how. If they are out with a group of

    friends than just

    ask one of the friends if they can call home. And I do have several of my DD

    friends cell

    phone numbers (Caller ID is awesome, they call home and I keep the number in

    case I might

    ever need it).



    My husband and I both have cell phones. He hardly ever uses his and mine the

    kids call me

    on when I am out doing running around. If they are home babysitting they can

    still reach us

    that was the reason we got our first cell phone. You might say it is only $10 a

    month but

    that is $10 a month for what. If you have extra money you dont care about I will

    give you my

    address you can send it to me. I am sorry if you dont agree with me but I try

    very hard not to

    play "Keep up with the Jones's". My kids know that they can not have everything

    that they

    want. The new gameboy when it comes out or what ever but they have a lot more

    at home

    than some of their friends that seem to have everything.



    Count your blessings and teach your children not everything comes quickly and

    easily.

    Somethings you want you have to wait on. It won't hurt your child because he is

    the only

    child in his class NOT to have something. He will live. And from my experience-

    boys don't

    really talk on the phone any how.








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    tazlikes2000
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    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Miskin Meadows" <emerald@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > My kids were told if you want a cell phone or I pod etc....then

    get a part

    > time job to pay for one.

    >

    > I will not supply them one just because their friends have one. we

    always

    > tell the kids when that excuse is heard that why not save your

    money for fun

    > stuff and use your friends cell phones<LOL> it really works...

    > my daughter was cutting grass for 2 neighbors and yard work at that

    age and

    > walking dogs for spending money.. teaches them the value of money

    which many

    > kids don't get these days.

    > Regards,

    > Bev & John

    > Miskin Meadows Farm

    > http://www.hawk.igs.net/~emerald/index.html

    >

    >

    > "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some

    kind

    > of battle."

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    Isn't that the truth! why not teach them that if you want something

    than you gotta work and save up for it! Kids these days need money

    management skills so that those skills can follow them into

    adulthood! what are you teaching them when you give them things they

    want and they don't have to earn it?










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    Lois
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    yes -the cell phone companies have put the pay phone companies out of business!

    Mark and Emily May <mtmay@gvtc.com> wrote: <DIV class="Section1"> <div class="MsoNormal">My BF got her 8 yo a cell phone b/c he was going to go to a 3 day church camp. He didnít go to camp, but he still carries the phone. I think itís a Firefly Ė she got it on the Cingular website. I just donít understand the purchase Ė heís always
    at a friendís house (within a block), and there is always an adult with them. Now my 6 yo wants one. I told her she could have one when she was the EXACT same age as <ST1><ST1>Tyler</ST1></ST1> Ė which will be never. <FONT face="Wingdings" color="navy" size="2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt;COLOR: navy;FONT-FAMILY: Wingdings;">J <div class="MsoNormal"> <div class="MsoNormal">I donít understand why kids need cell phones Ė pre-teens (13 & up), maybe since they go to the mall, movies, etc. Has anyone noticed the lack of pay phones around anymore? <div class="MsoNormal"> <div class="MsoNormal">Emily <div class="MsoNormal"> <div class="MsoNormal">From: <ST1>Budget101_@yahoogroups.com</ST1> [mailto:<ST1>Budget101_@yahoogroups.com</ST1>] On Behalf Of
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    Subject: Budget101.com : Cell phone for a 10 yr old??? <div class="MsoNormal"> <DIV id="ygrp-msg"> My daughter has been bugging me for a cell phone for a year now. I've
    told her no several times and I have my reasons. I just feel bad when
    the majority of her 5th grade class has one.

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