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What Age Is Too Young for Technology?

Do your children have cell phones?

While my kids are too young to want a cell phone just yet, I know the day will come–sooner than I can imagine–that they'll be telling me they need one, that all of their friends have one. My stepdaughter just turned 10 and she's not quite there yet, but I've seen kids her age chatting away or texting.

In today's world, it seems that everyone is plugged in all the time and I know that I don't leave my house without my phone. I understand there will come a time that a phone will be useful if they're involved with after-school activities or practices, but with a phone comes responsibilities.

So how young is too young to have your own cell phone? Do you put restrictions on talking and texting? Do they have to pay for it or pitch in? How do you monitor usage? 

Jackie Sargent July 06, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Abbie, you and I are definitely on the same page! Technology is awesome (it's my livelihood), but you gotta know when enough is enough. I want my kids to learn how to be involved in family, friends and activities, not gadgets all the time.
Bizzyasab July 06, 2011 at 04:30 PM
I agree to about commenting on my teenagers FB wall,she say's I'm stalking her, I say I am being a responsible parent.Deal with it, or off the computer .I also tell her, delete this or that, and I also say on her wall,respect what you write to others, other family members can see this. She does not have a cell phone, probably when she drives, but for now, no. Do what we have done all these years, call from a regular phone.We don't even have cell phones, and boy is it nice.
Jenn McCulloch July 06, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Bizzyasab, I bet your daughter will have less issues as far as arguments with friends (or acquaintances) and steer clear of the drama bc you are doing that. it is important that they know that it's basically a public forum and you shouldn't be posting anything that you wouldn't say to someone's face.
Jenn McCulloch July 06, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Jackie-you and Abbie are certainly setting a good example for your kids as well. I use my phone a lot and I should probably be less dependent on it. Having the email and constant access just invites you to check it all day. While I do need it for work, I don't need to check it every five minutes and when the kids are old enough, it certainly makes a better point that they don't NEED a phone if I'm not using mine all the time.
Bizzyasab July 06, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Jenn,I hope so. It is so much harder with all this new technology, our oldest, didn't even have to deal with FB or even a cell phone, because it wasn't even around then, or the kids weren't using them yet .So let's cross our fingers, that it works.

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