Who Buys Their Kid A Smart Phone?

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  1. DessoThumbs

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    sorry, but kids have access to the internet just about anywhere they go. you have to rear them with good values and trust they make good choices. "Teach your children well..."
    Just got my 17 y/o daughter an Eris. Got my 18 y/o daughter a BB Storm as she started Wake Forest. They are as tech savy as moi. Shoot, when I was 14 a copy of OUI magazine was the cat's behind. Can't imagine if I'd of had the internet. :icon_eek::icon_eek::icon_ banana:
     
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    I bought my own DROID

    Im 16 years old and work in the construction biz. I bought my droid to help make things simple. It has helped I keep all my biz work and our, emails, and calender updates. I also started a Youtube page to show just how cool the Android OS really is.

    Now im not saying that every kid with a DROID needs a job but its also a great learning experience.

    Check it out:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/allaroundtech101
     
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    I have to ask... Details?
     
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    i'm 17 and work in an auto shop as a lube technician. I've learned everything about cars myself and have bought all my own tools which are *gasp* too expensive... but u can neeever have enough tools
     
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    I happen to work construction for BE&K Building Group (KBR subsidiary), and I can vouch for the fact that the occupational hazards make it impossible for him to work actual construction under the age of 18. I graduated high-school half a year early and still couldn't start work until my birthday. So unless he works in an office away from site or something to that effect, I don't think so.

    I'm 21.

    EDIT: I did some homework in my book, turns out this isn't true after all. 16 is the established age but there are lots of limitation as to what he can do on a site (he couldn't do anything at all on any job I work on, except office and sales). Turns out my limitation was because my focus was to operate heavy machinery, which is outlined by FLSA to be prohibited.
     
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    just because its illegal doesnt mean he doesnt do it. haha ill stop there... because i know from personal experiences... not saying i would ever work a job that would be illegal for me!!! ;)
     
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    When I lived in Alabama, our house was near a private school. It looked like about 75% of the kids had brand new cars, and the rest walked. My assumption is that these kids were so spoiled and contientious that if they couldn't have a brand new car, they'd rather walk. If I ever have kids that spoiled... well, I never will. When I was in high school, my buddy's 15 year old Camaro was the coolest car in school.

    Smart phones for kids is just ridiculous. Paying for the phone up front is one thing, but the service for these things is straight up expensive. And for what? For kids, it's a toy and nothing else. I have a smart phone because otherwise I'd be carrying a PDA to keep myself organized. Not that I don't do my share of playing, but it's a tool first, and one that kids and teens simply don't need.

    Of course, I'm cynical enough that I don't think a lot of the adults that have smart phones should.

    Edit: One thing.. if a parent decides their kid needs a cell phone and needs to be able to play games at school, fine. Get them a cheap flip phone and an iPod touch.

    One more edit: As kids start to get jobs and pay for it themselves (ie, regular jobs where they can count on a paycheck, not babysitting and mowing the neighbor's lawn), it's their business. I think it's a bad decision for them in almost all cases, and if they are texting during school, well.. they need to grow up at some point. They'll learn.
     
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    I really think parents are too over protective. I just gave my 13 year old a smartphone, same one I have, Pantech Burst. I don't have the spyware or anything installed on it because I think phones should be private. I mean, really, if you were a kid, would you really want your parents knowing your every move? No, I want my daughter to have her privacy. I know she would not look at anything bad. It's called trust... If you don't want to give a smartphone to you kid because you think they will look at inappropriate stuff, you don't fully trust them. Just because they are young doesn't mean they can't handle a smartphone.
     
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    It's unfortunate that you trust your 13 year old that much. The only privacy a teenager should have is in the bathroom.

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    Nothing to do with phones, but related subject.

    My wife worked for our insurance company. This one guy called to add a $50k Audi to his policy for his 16yo kid. Needless to say, the kid totalled it within a few weeks.

    At least you aren't him.

    Sent from someplace, and with something that you need not worry about.
     
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    I agree...teenagers are still learning and it is our job to protect them. They may be very trustworthy but the rest of the world is not. The information that kids make public on fb is candy for the pedophile looking for his next victim. You don't only have to know what your kids are sending out but know what they are receiving. My kids were trustworthy also but over the internet, the only privacy they got was. ..none! No laptops, pc in kitchen to be used only during certain hours. This was not because I did not trust them but to protect them and teach them. My job of teaching them did not magically stop when they reached 13 or 18 but was a process in accordance to what they did and were exposed to. How can I know what guidance to give them if I have no idea what they are doing. Fortunately, my kids trusted me with that job and understood that some privileges they would not get until they were on their own. Believe me, they were not perfect and they gave me plenty of opportunities for teachable moments but I would've never had those if I just let them do whatever and have whatever they wanted without any supervision.

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    Big +1! :)

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