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Moms Talk: When Should Children Start Using Cell Phones?

Every week, Dexter Patch looks at questions and issues that are on the minds of parents in our community.

From the malls to the classrooms, you see children texting friends and parents on their cell phones.

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, about 23 percent of parents said their children got their first cell phones when they were 13 years old.

Several schools are modifying their technology policies to accommodate students’ cell phones on campus.

As parents in Dexter, what are your thoughts on the use of cell phones? How old should children be before they use cell phones?

Christy Vander Haagen March 03, 2011 at 02:25 AM
I personally don't think there is a carved-in-stone age for every kid. We won't be giving our kids cell phones until they are at the age where they are apart from us for extended periods of time...such as after-school activities and sports, etc. The way it is now, they are always either in school, with one of us or a trusted friend...no need for a phone.

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