Who Buys Their Kid A Smart Phone?

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  1. hookbill

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    TimChgo9 I don't want to put words in your mouth. Are you saying that you don't feel it's a good idea for a child to have a smart phone? That is the subject of the thread.
     
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    Same for me. Forcing something only causes rebellion. Not only on a single person base, but on any scale and at any age.

    As for the smartphone debate, it being "smart" hasn't a damn thing to do with anything to be perfectly honest. I've had "dumb" phones for years and I could access anything on them that I can access on my Droid really (shy of a majority of video porn). What portal do you all think a "smart" phone is giving kids access to exactly?
     
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    My daughter who is 13 has a smart phone (HTC Imagio) - so to answer your question - I did. Does she truly use the features of the smart phone - no. Does she surf the web on it - a bit but not much. She uses it more for facebook, texting, listening to music and calling friends & family. Can I see where it could lead to problems - yes - but as it has been indicated in this thread and others - they have more access to the internet than we did at their age whether it be in our homes, a friends house, the library, etc. We have regular discussions about what is right and what is wrong and do I expect there to be mistakes made - yeah (heck I know adults who possibly should not own a smartphone)....but if something of value is learned, it becomes a life lesson. I can safely say that my daughter understands there are consequences to wrong actions and she also understands prohibited sites on the internet. We talk quite often - the phone was a replacement to me (LOL) and she has told me both times someone she did not know wanted to add her as a friend in FB. Altho my daughter is very tech savvy, she does not delete the history in her browser - so I can review it when I wish and she knows that I would question any strange sites. I will finish my post in saying - trusting your kids and showing them responsibility can never start when they are too young...As my daughter gets older, I might have to edit my post (LOL) but I would not regret my action of allowing her a smartphone at this age.
     
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    Well done, and well said.
     
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    I think this is an extremely intelligent and well thought out approach. You bring up some valid points.

    I think back to what I would do if I was a kid and had a smart phone. I don't think I'd be that responsible, but I also know my parents would never have allowed me to have one. Financially we'd never been able to afford it.

    To the poster that said "What can you not do on a smart phone that you can't do on a dumb phone?" My point isn't just not what you can do, but is it really necessary for a child to have a smart phone?
     
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    I don't have kids but if I did you can bet they would NOT get a smartphone. They don't need it.

    I'd get them a simple flip phone. When they are 18 and can afford to buy a smartphone or whatever it is they want thats their choice.

    Until then I'll buy them what they NEED, not want.
     
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    LOL... yeah, you're right... I tend to start writing, and ideas start flowing, and then, sometimes I lose the point I am trying to make in relation to the thread topic...Ugggh.

    I don't think a kid needs a smart phone. A high schooler? Yeah, maybe, but under that age, no. Someone in high school, (specifically, Juniors and Seniors) would have a use for the scheduling, and a lot of the other apps, for anyone younger than that, it becomes a "cool toy" to show off to friends, and potentially get in trouble with. Personally, I would not give my kids a smart phone, under the age of say, 17, they have no real use for it.
     
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    No, nor is 99% of anything we do as humans "necessary", but our desire for competition and superior personal image push us toward more powerful technology. To fights this is futile because it's a very important part of the growing up and learning process these days, we are surrounded by ever evolving technology and I don't feel it's right to deprive them of access to it.

    Would I just provide a child with a smartphone? No. But I might reward them with one. :)

    EDIT: I think we should also mention what age range we are talking about, I think 14 is a sufficient age to carry the responsibility.
     
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    When I was in grade school I had no real use for the introduction to computers into schools. And would you not agree that access to computers in childhood is very VERY important? The more you are exposed to tech during development the more inept you are at using it post adolescence. No?
     
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    I think this is an extremely intelligent and well thought out approach. You bring up some valid points.

    I think back to what I would do if I was a kid and had a smart phone. I don't think I'd be that responsible, but I also know my parents would never have allowed me to have one. Financially we'd never been able to afford it.

    To the poster that said "What can you not do on a smart phone that you can't do on a dumb phone?" My point isn't just not what you can do, but is it really necessary for a child to have a smart phone?[/QUOTE]


    I laugh (please don't take offense), that you think back to if you would have had a smartphone as a kid...I really don't know that there was a smartphone then and my folks never had cell phones anyway. I got my first cell phone (it was in a bag, not portable at all LOL - wow I feel old now) when I was 23 years old - I was pregnant with my daughter (the one who has a smartphone) so that I could call for help if I got stranded on the road. My first true smartphone was not acquired until about 5 years ago...

    But the real reason for my post here, I was going to answer the question on your reply to my quote - is it necessary for her to have a smartphone - NO of course not. She could access everything that she uses on the Imagio with a Razr. But the decision for her to have the phone she has was made by me - not her preference (she wanted the BB storm LOL) and I felt that it offered her more for her interests than what the LG Scoop, Razr, etc...
     
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    My parents are usually pretty strict with regards to most things, but they let technology slide a LITTLE bit (especially my dad, they're divorced.) I paid for the vast majority of my tech stuff (Q9400 mini-itx rig, sound system, iPod) but we went half on the Droid... I paid $100 up front and I pay for my data... This might be due to the fact that I actually make my money by buying and selling computers on craigslist. Hell, I make my money by dealing with complete strangers on the Internet and in person.

    Just turned 16 last week, BTW. No disrespect meant to the poster who password-protected and locked down everything his kids have access to, but I would honestly not be able to function in your house... My parents generally trust me, and I thank them by not skipping class, doing drugs, etc. I take it you don't really trust them?
     
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    I know I might be a little young compared to all you others out there (lol im 20) but dont worry I dont have kids. I have 3 younger brothers and sisters who ALL have smart phones. I know I didnt get my first WinMo phone til I was close to 17 or 18 and my sister has been thru 3 blackberrys and shes only 14. My brothers just turned 18 so thats understandable I guess but my other two sisters are still under 16 and my parents let them have a smart phone - I have told them over and over again that they are wasting their money on BBs and HTCs (yea theyre smart enough not to want an iphone :icon_ banana:) and told them just to get a full keyboard phone like everyone else has (Ev2 is pretty decent IMO) but as I see their friends coming over to the house they have iphones and htcs and blackberrys. I dont understand why parents (including mine) are willing to pay the bill for the added data that you need for these phones when all they do on them is text (my 2 sisters combined had about 30K total msgs sent and received last month :eek:hmy:) but they do it anyways. I had a bold before the droid and the only thing it was good at was the email (I NEED to get my school emails to my phone) and I figure thats what they are known for as being a business phone so I guess little Susie has a big lemonade stand enterprise starting up and needs to keep in touch with all her business partners??

    I know parents like kids to have phones to keep in touch and know where theyre at and give them the freedom of going "text crazy" but smartphones? really? Like smalltowngirl stated my sisters dont need the mobile browser for reasons everyone knows (parental blocks need to be used more on phones) SO why all the features (along with the price) of a smartphone when full keyboard phones do everything they need to do at that age (namely: text).

    And before anyone asks, yes I am still on my parents plan. They figured itd help while I was paying for my education (and when I go home Im the one to fix the computers, cell phones, etc.).
     
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