I have a question for all of you. What do you think is an appropriate age for a child to have a cell phone?
My son has been pleading on a daily basis for his own cell phone. He'll be 10 in a few weeks. I told him he could get one when I felt there was a need for one. He doesn't even use the house phone very often, but he NEEDS a cell?
He doesn't travel far from the home without adult supervision. He usually plays with the kids who live right across the street. So why the obsession with a cell?
Most of the kids in his grade already have them. That's why. Good old, "Not fair, so and so has one and so does so and so!" Which, if they are involved in a lot of extra-curricular activities, I can see the necessity. But the thing that annoys me is that he shouldn't KNOW that so many kids have them. The school shouldn't allow them from being taken out of their backpacks. They are in school, if there is an emergency, I think the school phone would suffice.
I see kids walking around cub scouts chatting away, texting, and playing games on them. It's obnoxious and rude, in my opinion.
Don't get me wrong, I am the lover of all gadgets, but isn't this just a little too much? I see my nieces at family gatherings with their phones on the table in front of them. You can't even hold a conversation with them because they are constantly responding to text messages.
I know my son, he'll use a cell as though it were another toy. Like another Gameboy. He'll be downloading games, ringtones, and Lord knows what. I can only imagine how much that first bill would be!
I know one thing, he'll be texting, that's for sure.
We went out to dinner the other night and he was getting fidgety. And my boy can get quite fidgety. I let him use my cell to text his father across the table. I know, I know, I wasn't really helping my camp in my son's "I Want A Cell Phone" campaign.
W. then asked if he could text his classmate, S., who he had been playing with that afternoon. S. is a girl who lives around the corner from us. I said he could text one hello and that was it. She texted back a greeting as well.
Later on I was looking to make sure that was all he did and I saw a draft that he had started but hadn't sent. It said, "S., will you be my girlfriend?" He apparently doesn't want to wait until 5th grade.
I guess texting is like blogging, in a way. He never would have had the guts to ask something like that to her face. I know with blogging it's also so much easier to "put something out there".
Technology, is it helping our kids grow up too fast? I wonder.