Kid do not need a cell phone...period.
As a NONPARENT, I can say this from only an observation stand point, no, kids should not be allowed to have cell phones. If one wants to have a cell phone, they should be 21 years of age, with certain exceptions. I can see if there is a teenager who works and gets off from work at night. Yes, a phone is necessary for that because there could be some sort of trouble. But for casual phone usage, no.
First, cell phones, (like computers) are not toys. They are tools to help out every day life in the real world. They can be a valuable tool in helping those lost find directions or get help when needed. But casual usage like in grocery stores and the like are nothing more than...well...stupid. To me, it is nothing more than to show off...''See what I got.''
I can't stand that. And the ringtones...please.
A waste of time and money.
But let's be real. I am 40 years old. I remember when I was a kid, around 14 years old. My life was not that important to warrant a cell phone. I talked to my so-called friends at school. And if I had to call one of my friends, which was only for school, my mother was right there listening to my conversation. My mother knew where I was and who I was talking to at ALL TIMES. So I figure the same thing is true now. How many times does one need to talk about what boy is liking what girl and vice-versa?
Third, the cost. People complain about the high cost of living. It is one thing to have a cell phone for the adults. But when there is one for the kids, on some plans that is an extra $50 or more. So most cell phone bills run ridiculously high, stiffling some families. Some have to get up $200 or more a month according to usage plan because they have gotten rid of their land-line phone, making it an unneccessary expense. That money could go toward paying off credit card bills, mortgages and maybe a savings account for a rainy day.
It comes down to parental responsibility. Parents today say, ''I want my kid to have a cell phone where
I will know where he/she is at all times.'' That is bunk. Because Bethany called ''Mommy'' or ''Daddy'' and said that she was at Jennifer's house spending the night, doesn't mean that she is exactly where she says. Most parents that take explanation at face value. They don't take it upon themselves to call ''Jennifer's'' parents to see for sure. For all they know, their little one could be in the middle of a crack den or at a hotel room with a boy doing God knows what.
These same parents also say,''I want my child to have what I didn't have.'' Letting them have a cell phone is a status symbol. I have seen several parents
like this. One is a relative of mine. They gave her everything, but it still didn't do any good. Let me just say that it didn't turn out well. That train of thought never pans out. I was one of the last to have a video game. I was one of the last to have designer clothes. And also I am the last of my generation in the neighborhood to get driver's license, something that I still don't have because car insurance is expensive for a first time driver. I was the last because my mother did not keep up with the Jones'. She kept up with her wallet. It was based on need.
So in closing, when a gadget comes on the market and the kids clamor for it while you savor it, ask yourself, do I really NEED it, do the kids really NEED it or do we just WANT it. If it is the latter, save your money for a rainy day.
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