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At what age should your child own a cell phone?

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Visitor Comments: 58

(51) Naomi Freeman, February 9, 2012 3:22 PM

My oldest son only got his first cellphone when he got married and he only has a kosher phone. He never felt deprived and never asked for one. My second son had one when he went to Israel for the first time to Yeshiva and it is also a kosher phone (no texting or internet access - it only makes and receives calls). My 20 year old has a phone which calls and texts, and my two youngest children - 17 and 13 do not have one at all. They have never felt deprived and know its' drawbacks. It helped that I was one of the last of my friends to get a phone and they know I only use it to pass over information, not to chat. If you show them the drawbacks and they see you yourself do not use the phone in a negative way, I feel they do not feel the need to have it.

(50) Marcos-AD Barros, December 24, 2011 7:48 PM

Cell phones and kids

As I see it the level of the child's maturity is to dictate when and the type of cell phone the child may go around with. My children started using cell phones after their fifteenth birthday.

(49) Octavian Mwabende, December 20, 2011 5:50 AM

The challenges of technology

We must agree that parenting in the 21st centuary will not be easy as say in the yester years. Cellphone technology like any other invention has advantages and disadvantages. Lets use the development to further our course and not to destroy. Use of cell phones should be in moderation, remember the radioactivity effect to these youngsters.

(48) Avrohom Kanarek, December 14, 2011 12:07 AM


None of my kids had cell phones until after they graduated high school, and they are not any worse off for it. Because it was a non issue they never even asked or kvetched. Why so many parents give in to their kids is pitiful. I work in a Yeshiva where we don't allow cell phones in school. I beg parents to make sure that their sons don't bring the phone to school, but to no avail. The parents can say, I will give it to you when you get home, but no that is too hard for them! The parents would rather pay for the phone and have it confiscated by me rather than argue or( parent properly) with their kids. It is a very dangerous situation and parents are losing the battle!

(47) Anonymous, December 11, 2011 9:32 PM

911 cellphone

I've been asking my parents for a cellphone for a while not because I want to text to my friends (I'm actually very against the idea of texting) but rather just in case of an emergency G-d forbid. I'm in sixth grade but I feel that in case of an emergency or just any time I need to call someone, I should have one with me. So I agree but I also disagree.

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