Children and Cell Phones

Published on: November 13, 2008

Filled Under: Ask the Reader (YOU)

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As I was driving home from work last night, I noticed (as I’m sure you have too) that a high percentage of people were (or seem to be) on their cell phones. Today I stopped into Subway, and again noticed some people on their phones. A few weeks ago, I walked through the park and yes, you guessed, people on their cells. Mobile phones are great and I too, fall victim to almost being dependent on it.

The question arises “How did we operate without cell phones?” I didn’t have a cell phone until nearly college. However, it’s the norm now and almost a ‘need’ to have one (and people are getting them younger and younger)… so I’d like to direct this post to you.

At what age do you think it’s safe, healthy, and necessary to give a child a cell phone, if at all? Should infants and toddlers be using cell phones? Once the child has passed through early childhood and is a school-ager, is that a good time to introduce a cell phone?

Should cell phones be given to middle school-agers? Can they handle that responsibility? What are the pros and cons of each age group? Why should a child have a cell phone? Why shouldn’t they? Are there any dangers/potentially harmful effects?

**Email me dawn.braa@dctc.edu and put CELL PHONE in the subject line. I can then post your reply within this blog.

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