June 20, 2006
Dear CNET members,
While my children are still quite young, as a parent, I know I will eventually be faced with the question: should my kids have cell phones. I've heard numerous horror stories of kids running up cell phone bills to ridiculous amounts; yet on the other side of the coin, I've also heard the thankful stories from parents where the cell phone saved their kid's life. This topic is a mixed bag of thoughts, scenarios, and opinions. Personally, I'll just have to wait and see how responsible our kids turn out, and when the time is right for them to have a phone, they'll get it but only under my rules or they can just forget it. So where do you stand when it comes giving kids cell phones? Are you for or against it? Are you currently a parent who has kids with cell phones? How's that working out? This discussion is not limited to parents but everyone, including teenagers out there who have phones. So if you have something to say on this matter, check out the latest Make the Call discussion, "Should kids have cell phones?" and tell us what you think. As a parent, I would love to read your positive or negative experiences with your kids having cell phones so that I can prepare myself for what's to come with my kids.
This week's hot topic:
Should kids have cell phones?
Some feel strongly about kids not having one because of uncontrollable costs, yet others are quick to disagree for the reason of emergency use. In the latest Make the Call discussion, many of you shared your opinions on where you stand on this matter.
Both my kids have them
CNET member wanna be in geek squad had her initial concerns about getting her two kids (11 and 12 years old) cell phones--thinking that she would be spoiling them. But almost a year later, she is happy to report that her kids have been doing just fine--truly believing that her kids are good, honest, trustworthy children and that they don't abuse their privileges.
Read wanna be in geek squad's full post in Make the Call
Two years of headaches
After dealing with her 17-year-old daughter for the past two years over cell phone headaches, ranging from bills to harassing calls, CNET member lwvirden had enough. Whether or not her message is to warn us as parents, her story is definitely worthwhile to prepare us for the worst, when some kids are just not ready for a phone.
Read lwvirden's full post in Make the Call
I'm a responsible teen
CNET member Wengistein is a 16-year-old who's standing up for himself and other teens who are, in fact, responsible and own a cell phone. And he would like other people to know that not all teens are irresponsible and fit into the generalization that all they do is spend their parents' hard-earned money by chatting on their cell phone and show offing their latest new gear.
Read Wengistein's full post in Make the Call
Here's your chance to tell us if kids should have cell phones. Cell phones are finding their way into younger hands. But when are kids too young for mobile ownership? Do they need cell phones?
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