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How Much Is Too Much For A Kid's Cell Phone Bill?

How Much Is Too Much For A Kid's Cell Phone Bill?

When I was a teenager we had pagers, not cell phones. Today, when a kid turns four parents start to think he or she needs his or her own cell phone. While I understand technology can be a great tool for youth, and giving a child a cell phone can be a precautionary measure, I do believe cell phones used among youth has gotten out of control.

According to the AP, 13.5 million kids ages 13 to 17 own a cellphone and text-messaging is wildly popular. The worst bit is many kids get sucked into the online downloads vortex perpetuated by TV ads offering "free ring" tones without knowing they will be paying for the service because they aren't footing the bill.

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Season Season 9 years
I think that a phone could be a good thing if you your child was lost or kidnapped (especially one with a gps tracker). I also think it's nice for teenagers who have a lot of school functions and such to coordinate. I do think it's good to make older kids pay for it though. I got my phone when I was a 9th grader. I was pretty responsible with it until college. I had no idea until several years into college that I was costing my parents about $100/month! I promptly got my own plan where my in-calling included my parents, boyfriend, and best friend. I use it as my only phone service (no land line here) and I never go over minutes.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
My 7 year old has a cell phone. It's prepaid and she can only call her Dad or me. It's for our peace of mind more than anything.
rinet05 rinet05 9 years
I got a cell when I was 12, but that's when I started more going out with friends and needed to be able to call my parents. I pay out of my own allowance though, and my kid one day will do the same, if I don't have any money left I don't get to call or text anyone, simple as tht
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 9 years
My daughter is almost 7, she came up to me last week sometime and asked for a cell phone.. I looked at her with the O.o face and told her no. When she asked why, I said Because it's friday and you ain't got no JOB! She looked at me like I was crazy and sat her self infront of a movie.
gossipqueen gossipqueen 9 years
My kid won't have a cellphone..but i will give him/her one of those Dragonfly or Ribbit things..the "phones" with the preset numbers....I just won't tell him is a PHONE..LOL..more like a safety device!
mocona mocona 9 years
if you guys haven't notice it yet, there's kids everywhere using cell phone right now. as little as 10 years old. Mostly for safety reason of course. And for this thread question, how much is too much? when you paid more than monthly basic payment.. THAT is too much and Yes, Skinny_jeans, I think it's wrong that you already 20 and your dad still pay for your bill, you should take it at least from your allowance.. sorry
skinny_jeans skinny_jeans 9 years
is it wrong that im 20 and my dad still pays for my cell phone bill?
JKe895 JKe895 9 years
A gentle rain, I think CurlyHair was referring to High School kids rather than younger grades. I'll admit that I was one who had my phone on silent or vibrate during classes and would be SMS'ing my friends during classes when I got bored. Just because policies and procedures are in place doesn't mean that they're technically followed.
JKe895 JKe895 9 years
My Mom is right, I had to pay for mine on my own and sustain it otherwise I didn't have one. We started with a pager when I was 15-16 because I always walked to school or went bike riding or to the pool or something of that sort that would have me away from home with friends and family for hours, and I paid for the bill from things like mowing the or babysitting. I don't think I actually got a phone until I was 17 or something. I don't care, my kids aren't going have a cellphone until they're able to pay for it. I'd rather get them a computer instead.
Phil Phil 9 years
I didn't get a cell phone until I got a job and was able to pay for it myself. It's a right of passage and kids shouldn't have that handed to them. It's like a less dramatic version of buying a kid a car registered in their name without them really doing anything to deserve it. It's dine if you've got the family plans with limited minutes I guess (to be honest, I don't know much about those) but to give them their own independent service is just spoiling them. I could just be bitter because I didn't get that treatment, but bah! I stick to my story!
mocona mocona 9 years
there already a lot of kids with cell phones now. But kids should only have a basic phone, and if possibly a black and white phone. ha3 :D And of course we should all each our children not to envy their friend's more colorful, high quality sound with high quality camera cell phone. Which.. I believe is more difficult to do
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 9 years
curlyhair, most schools do not allow phones to be in use while school is in session. Most schools require phones to be turned of and out of sight. Very little cheating is happening, I assure you. Test taking is a quiet time, and the teacher would notice if a student is playing with their phone.
NyingNying NyingNying 9 years
I started paying for my cell phone bill when it became too much... I didn't find any reason for my parents to support my gift for the gab :)
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
Those family plan things are great and you can actually call your company (at least with Cingular) and have them block texting.
curlyhair curlyhair 9 years
Kids having a cellphone is crazy. They need to wait until they have a job and can pay the bill. That is what mine had to do.-and now they are responsible adults. They learned how to manage the contracts within their budget- not mine. Besides kids today can use the cellphones in school to cheat on a test-and where is that going to get them in the future. No where! Some of these parents need to rethink what they are teaching kids these days. Technology is great, but there is a limit on the use. That is my opinion..
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 9 years
As for the kids who spend $$$ on screensavers and ringtones, its a little ridiculous. I don't see a problem with downloading their favorite song. But kids with phones should only being using them to stay safe
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 9 years
haha nikkiana. I think that kids with cellphones are becoming more and more likely because kids are becoming more independent. The world is not as safe a place as it once was. Parents are becoming more and more protective, and rightfully so. And being able to reach someone, regardless of where they are, is reassuring, if it is your kid. Parents used to send their kids off with out communication, and now if a child is dropped off somewhere, a parent can check in and ensure safety.
Tadiera Tadiera 9 years
I had a cellphone when I was 15. However, I was taking courses at the local community college and needed to coordinate rides home. BUT! I did pay for the bill myself. So when it came out at an insane price because I went over my minutes... it was my own responsibility to pay for it. And any future kids of mine will have to do the same.
nikkiana nikkiana 9 years
My hypothetical child won't be able to have a cell until he/she can pay for it herself.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
My son won't get a cell phone until he's able to put it in his name and pay his own bill. In the meantime, I WILL get him one of those phones that have the 3 buttons to call. You can either call "Mom or Dad" "911" or "Fire Department" with them. He'll get one of those maybe when he turns 16.
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 9 years
REally? Really? Kids with cells? That kid is like 8.
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