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Old 01-20-2015, 10:11 AM
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How old were your kids when they got their first phone?
We have several unused iPhones laying around that would be perfect for my 8 year old soon to be 9 son to use.
It would cost an additional $10 a month for him to jump on our plan. I would program our #'s in it along with a few other emergency contacts, restrict his web use and turn off the features that could hammer our data plan or be inappropriate.
He has proven himself to be very responsible overall and if there was any 9 year old I would trust with a phone it would be him.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:17 AM
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Best thing about giving your kids an iphone is you can turn on the "find my iphone" feature and know where they are.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:20 AM
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How old were your kids when they got their first phone?

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Old 01-20-2015, 10:22 AM
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We struggled with this decision too.

Ended up giving them hand me downs and putting them on the $10 no contract add on to our family plan when they turned 10. They have started staying home alone for an hour or so at a time, and for that reason we wanted to be able to connect with them as they come and go.

Make sure to implement rules...in my house they are the following:

1.) Every email and login password is to be known to me - until age 18
2.) No Facebook. Instagram is OK but locked to only people who are accepted in as Friends - by me or the admiral.
3.) No AppStore unless they earn an iTunes gift card for good grades, good behavior, etc... This keeps the excess charges off my CC.
4.) No charging charges to the phone bill. ATT offers a block for this service for free
5.) Email accounts and iMessage are on both their phones and either the Admiral or my phone. That way every text that comes in and goes out can be viewed.
6.) Find my friends is passcode locked on their phones so they can't turn it off. But - we can see where they are.
7.) They break the phone - they pay for it.

Fair rules...and my kids have accepted them with no issue. Biggest issue now is we somehow don't have enough cubes and cables to charge everything.
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15 when oldest started driving. And 14 for my second son as an incentive for acting older and being more responsible. Works out great since he hunts and fishes alone now and I get my hourly updates. A little piece of mind for me.

Although most of his friends already had them.
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18, but that was in 2000 not everyone had one then. My cousins (who are in college now) got them when they turned 16.
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Son is 10. Phone can only receive/send calls to Me and wife at home or work and cell.

No texting of data.

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Our youngest is 42, we gave her an abacus and 2 soup cans with a string at age 12. She did pretty well
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My oldest was 12. My youngest, probably when he starts college
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Mine are 11 and 9 and have IPads that they can do anything on via wifi that a phone could do...Our philosophy is that they don't need a phone until they are going to be someplace without us or another adult supervising them. This may change next year when my oldest goes to middle school but I'm gonna hold out as long as possible. Mainly want to hold out due to the fact that I don't want them glued to an electronic device. I do take their Ipads away at certain times.
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When the mother of my child asked my opinion on getting her a phone (she's 11). I said absolutely not!!!

With that input and my money she then went out and bought her an I-phone.

Went through the phone this weekend while she was sleeping. Lots of texts and even some videos have been sent to several people who I nor her mother, who is "monitoring" this powder keg, even know.

I am confident that when this whole 11 year old with a cell phone thing does go south the blame will be squarely placed on me.
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I was 16, my kids will be 16. WTF does a kid need an iPhone for at 9?

My kids will get a walmart gophone with about 100 minutes on it per month when they're about 12
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
When the mother of my child asked my opinion on getting her a phone (she's 11). I said absolutely not!!!

With that input and my money she then went out and bought her an I-phone.

Went through the phone this weekend while she was sleeping. Lots of texts and even some videos have been sent to several people who I nor her mother, who is "monitoring" this powder keg, even know.

I am confident that when this whole 11 year old with a cell phone thing does go south the blame will be squarely placed on me.
This reminds me of something that happened to me over memorial day. We go 'camping' at Roaring River every year for the long weekend. I was wading around the side of a rock and fishing while three of the girls in our group walked down to the bank. They couldn't see me; and I was re-tying, but they were only about 8 ft away. They were sneaking down to the bank to look at a "dick pic" one of the girls had received. They talked about other such pictures that each of them had received then ran off. They never knew I was there and heard the whole thing. Their ages were 14, 13, and ELEVEN!!! I couldn't believe it.

We were talking to one of the 14 year old boys in the group (it's a big group, probably 60 people in total) and asked if he'd ever sent a "dick pic" and then we were informed that you've got to in order to get them to send their "titty pics"

Why do 11, 12, 14 year old kids have camera phones? It's only been a decade for me, but things sure have changed.
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
This reminds me of something that happened to me over memorial day. We go 'camping' at Roaring River every year for the long weekend. I was wading around the side of a rock and fishing while three of the girls in our group walked down to the bank. They couldn't see me; and I was re-tying, but they were only about 8 ft away. They were sneaking down to the bank to look at a "dick pic" one of the girls had received. They talked about other such pictures that each of them had received then ran off. They never knew I was there and heard the whole thing. Their ages were 14, 13, and ELEVEN!!! I couldn't believe it.

We were talking to one of the 14 year old boys in the group (it's a big group, probably 60 people in total) and asked if he'd ever sent a "dick pic" and then we were informed that you've got to in order to get them to send their "titty pics"

Why do 11, 12, 14 year old kids have camera phones? It's only been a decade for me, but things sure have changed.
It really is a tragedy that parents have no idea about. Porn has totally ruined our boys and girls, giving them all cameras in the weirdest times of their lives hasn't helped. I really feel for this generation and just hope that they remember this secret side of life when they have kids..
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I said no too Rudy, wifey went directly out and got a plan that gave all 4 of is new phones!
They are 13 and 16 now, both have 5s iPhones .
Both have them protected from parent intrusion.
It is the norm around here though. Every kid has one.
When I screw something up or can't do something,I just ask my daughter.
She knows exactly how to perform any function on the phone instantly .
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My kids started with basic phones for calling/texting only at the age of 9. At 12 they got smartphones.
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Originally Posted by Welshtrustee View Post
Mine are 11 and 9 and have IPads that they can do anything on via wifi that a phone could do...Our philosophy is that they don't need a phone until they are going to be someplace without us or another adult supervising them. This may change next year when my oldest goes to middle school but I'm gonna hold out as long as possible. Mainly want to hold out due to the fact that I don't want them glued to an electronic device. I do take their Ipads away at certain times.
I can see giving them an ipad to use around the house. I think if/when I do that I'll change the wifi password daily; and they won't get it until homework and chores are done.
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This reminds me of something that happened to me over memorial day. We go 'camping' at Roaring River every year for the long weekend. I was wading around the side of a rock and fishing while three of the girls in our group walked down to the bank. They couldn't see me; and I was re-tying, but they were only about 8 ft away. They were sneaking down to the bank to look at a "dick pic" one of the girls had received. They talked about other such pictures that each of them had received then ran off. They never knew I was there and heard the whole thing. Their ages were 14, 13, and ELEVEN!!! I couldn't believe it.

We were talking to one of the 14 year old boys in the group (it's a big group, probably 60 people in total) and asked if he'd ever sent a "dick pic" and then we were informed that you've got to in order to get them to send their "titty pics"

Why do 11, 12, 14 year old kids have camera phones? It's only been a decade for me, but things sure have changed.
I don't have children but instead think back to the times when I was a child. Phones had cords and a rotary dialer. When touch tone hit the market you had to pay extra for it!

I don't have anything against a parent giving their children a phone to use when they are away from home or staying at a friends home but don't see the need of a child carrying a phone around 24/7 because there are so many things that can go wrong if the parent stops paying attention.

For example, a few years ago one of my fishing buddies and his wife got their 15 year old daughter a smart phone. It was for emergencies only. All was well for a few months until she decided to start text messaging her friends. BTW, they did not have text messaging as part of their plan. My buddy got his cell phone bill with over $1000 in additional charges.

Last year another one of my friends and I were on the boat Friday evening getting things ready for a Saturday morning fishing trip when he got a phone call. It seems his 16 year old sister thought it would be cute to text a naked photo of herself to her boyfriend who ended up sharing it with everyone he knew in their county. One of the parents saw it and called my buddy to tell him before his mother found out. Yeah, that didn't go over too well once mom got wind of it!

My opinion is give them a phone for when they are away from home but I see no need for a child to have access 24/7. Call me old school!
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I am 38 and see no need for a mobile telephone, so I would assume if I had kids, they would get them when they had a job and could afford one on their own. Why in the world would someone give a 9 year old a smart phone?
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Our son is also 8, and will be 9 in April. We have been discussing this and pretty much have decided to get him one. I want him to be able to call us, plus the tracking feature is kind of cool, because I am an overprotective lunatic!
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