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    As far as I know there are special mobile phones for children, which just allow them to telephone with only one two numbers, the one of their parents and someone else's. This is a solution I can get along with. Really hate it when you're sitting in the underground in the morning along with several children, who are getting to school, and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them is chatting on the phone with other children they will soon meet in the classroom. Kind of strange to me. It's ok if they get these special phones - if something happens, e.g. they lose their way or something - they can call their parents for help. Especially for kids living in big cities it's a good thing. Makes living more safety. Or am I paranoid? Don't really know.

    Nevertheless: Mobile phones are no toys - so kids shouldn't get a "real" one until they're at least 15 or 16 years old. Wonder why it's so hard for them to live without one. When I was at their age, I never thought of having a mobile phone! And also nowadays I would better live without - but I need one. Unfortunately. I'm working as a journalist, so I have to stay kind of "connected" with my editorial department when I'm off for a press conference or just for inquiry. To make it more comfortable - or better bearable! - for me, I use my special X-Files ringtone which makes me feel like Special Agent Dana Scully hunting aliens.

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    My kids will only have a cell phone when they have been able to sustain a job and pay for it themselves.

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    I do not believe children should own mobile phones. What ever happened to playing in the middle of nature? Children should be children. I do not own a mobile phone myself, by the way.


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    It's appaling.

    In Greece almost every kid over the age of 8 has one. They send text messages to each other while in class and they compete about who has the fanciest one.
    Their parents deserve a good beating. They use mobile phones as tracking devices for their kids, not caring about the health as well as the psychosocial consequences.

    One of my colleagues at work says "I am begging my 11 year-old to accept a mobile phone but she doesn't want one" :
    She might as well implant a microchip on the kid, that would amount to less radiation eyes:

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    When I was young during the dark ages we didn't have mobile phones or PCs in every home connected to the internet (or phones connected to the internet). But now it seems almost like a necessity :033102st:. Children today are growing up in a world were they will be expected to be in touch with the rest of the world 24/7. Being proficient at using all the features offered by mobile-phones or blackberrys etc is a basic social skill in the 21st century. So while I don't like the profusion of modern wireless technology, I don't try to fight it. But my 11-year will not be getting his own phone for at least 2-years.

    They use mobile phones as tracking devices for their kids, not caring about the health as well as the psychosocial consequences
    That's another reason why a lot of American parents like them, so they can keep track of their kids, which in itself is not a bad thing. Though they are rumored to cause brain cancer.

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    I have little time ( in fact none ) for all the gadget consumerism . Phones have become the consumer culture icon . The whole thing makes me quite sick and i think a shallow unfulfilled life waits for any who succumb to crass consumerism. A hopeless attempt at satisfying created wants.

    I think that consumer culture is the biggest single threat to traditional cultures the world over



    As a parent it was extremely difficult to to hold out against the pressures from my own children for a mobile phone until they were sixteen ( that was my stance on it )

    The pressure on parents is enormous and their chances of fending off the attacks on their children by the greedy and unconscienced ,who spend millions , using all sorts of psychological shinnanigans to ensnare them , are pretty remote.

    It is very much a case of damage limitation , imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dagna View Post
    I do not believe children should own mobile phones. What ever happened to playing in the middle of nature? Children should be children. I do not own a mobile phone myself, by the way.
    I think children should only have them for emergencies. A mobile plan that establishes only that, not to text and talk. I think cell phones are over-rated, although I do have one, its my only phone. I like that I can take it anywhere and I don't miss a call, provided its never glued to my head. I also like having it in case of car trouble.

    So, like I said for children, only for emergency use.
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    I don't have one, and I certainly don't think kids need them. They create a disruption in class, and the reasons adults need them don't apply to kids (work, driving, etc).

    I don't know about radiation, but it can't be good for them to be texting for hours/day on those tiny keyboards
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    Here in the Netherlands almost every child over 9 or 10 has one and children (and their parents) change them like socks and the parents seem to use them as "a gadget" to appease their children's thirst to be the "coolest" and most "trendy kid" in school. Phone companies use them to sell all kinds of "services" to children. From ringtones to backgrounds "all with the consent of the parents"

    In my honest opinion children don't need one- or perhaps only in emergencies. I think that they should play outside rather then try to outdo each other in "who has the coolest background" or "who has the coolest cellphone". And of course- the cellphones create a disruption in class when one goes off. (eventhough the majority of schools here had them banned)

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    This "keeping track" of kids excuse is crap. What the hell are kids doing that they need to be "kept track of" at such a young age? I was 11, 12 years old I didn't need to be "kept track of". I had activities I participated in (sports, theater, etc), but my parents knew where I was. It's not like preteens need to be about and about all the time doing things their parents don't know about. If I needed to call home the friends house phone always worked perfectly fine.

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