Cell Phones and Children

Cell Phone

This is a big pet peeve of mine! First of all, let me say , that my 13 year old son DOES have a cell phone, so I am NOT against them. It is a valuable thing to have for when he wants to walk up the street to my parent's house, or when he is away from home with others. It teaches him about good phone communication and responsibility.

What I AM against is the fact that children are on these things ALL the time. They are talking/texting in the car, in the store, in the doctor's office, and even in church. They can't have a "real" conversation with a person who's standing next to them. Plus, parents seem to think that because their child has a phone, they can let them go anywhere without supervision. In the store, at the park, at the ball game. As in "Well, if you have trouble, call me." Little bitty kids! Six or seven years old! Having a phone does not mean that your child would not get snatched from the store, or park. A cell phone should not be a baby sitter!

And the phones I see some of these children with?!? Fuhgeddaboutit! I've seen kids younger than mine toting 300 or 400 dollar phones.

A phone is a responsibility and a privilege. Not a right. Our son has a pre paid type. He realizes that the minutes cost money. He realizes that if he loses or breaks his phone, HE will have to buy a replacement. He has a whole set of chores he does every week to earn the money to buy more minutes. He's not allowed to take it to church. When he learns to drive he absolutely will not be allowed to talk / text while driving. I realize that "everybody" is doing it. But that doesn't change the fact that a lot of behavior going on around these things is just plain rude.

Maybe I'm just too old fashioned but, I think they ought to have an age law for phones, just like they do for cigarettes and alcohol. Because if you think about it , they can be just as dangerous.

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