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At what age should children be given a mobile phone?

GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands ModeratorPosts: 10,331 mod
I got my first mobile phone when I was 12, but it was a simple phone, and nothing like all of the smartphones that young people get these days.

When do you think young people should be given these kinds of phones? I think they should be at least 16 before they have anything like an iPhone, but they should have a simple phone in case they need to call home from the age of about 12.

What do you think? Would you say that was quite reasonable?

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  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    I think it depends. I would suggest a simple phone that just has voice and messaging is fine for younger children but more expensive smart phones might be more appropriate for much older kids.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I think it depends. I would suggest a simple phone that just has voice and messaging is fine for younger children but more expensive smart phones might be more appropriate for much older kids.

    Yes I agree. I don't like it when I see very young children (some as young as pre-school) actually having their own smartphone. It makes no sense to me!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    I was amazed to see a little kid watching a cartoon on a mobile phone when I was trekking in a remote area in Nepal where there was hardly any phone signal and internet was via satellite. Even here @GemmaRowlands !
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I was amazed to see a little kid watching a cartoon on a mobile phone when I was trekking in a remote area in Nepal where there was hardly any phone signal and internet was via satellite. Even here @GemmaRowlands !

    It is amazing. I think children are always shocked when they can't get a signal these days, although the cartoon might have been downloaded via WiFi beforehand.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    That is true @GemmaRowlands. I hadn't thought of that. Certainly I don't expect to get far downloading anything even in Kathmandu. Speaking of which however, I am trying to download an episode of Masterchef (not the professionals) and it's taking its time. Sometimes it depends on the type of file, but all the same, the internet here has its moments when it isn't as fast as it could be. Apparently Taiwan and Korea have the fastest internet in the world.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    That is true @GemmaRowlands. I hadn't thought of that. Certainly I don't expect to get far downloading anything even in Kathmandu. Speaking of which however, I am trying to download an episode of Masterchef (not the professionals) and it's taking its time. Sometimes it depends on the type of file, but all the same, the internet here has its moments when it isn't as fast as it could be. Apparently Taiwan and Korea have the fastest internet in the world.

    Whenever I know I'm on slower internet I will queue up some things to download overnight so that they're there when I wake up the next morning.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    That's a good idea. This is what I do in Nepal @GemmaRowlands. Here things take hours even days rather than minutes, like here. The SIM card that I was given is 4G and isn't too bad, but obviously it isn't as good as the access in my flat.

    Yesterday I tried to send some photos as attachments to an sms but somehow, maybe the files were too big, they just would not 'send.'
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    That's a good idea. This is what I do in Nepal @GemmaRowlands. Here things take hours even days rather than minutes, like here. The SIM card that I was given is 4G and isn't too bad, but obviously it isn't as good as the access in my flat.

    Yesterday I tried to send some photos as attachments to an sms but somehow, maybe the files were too big, they just would not 'send.'

    Even in the UK, I have always struggled to send photo files in SMS messages, and I have no idea why. They just seem to take far too long to send.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    I saw the guy I was trying to send the pictures to today and he wasn't surprised either. Maybe they have to be very small size files. Certainly it didn't like the size of the file of the photos I'd taken on the mobile.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 10,331 mod
    mheredge said:

    I saw the guy I was trying to send the pictures to today and he wasn't surprised either. Maybe they have to be very small size files. Certainly it didn't like the size of the file of the photos I'd taken on the mobile.

    Maybe, but you'd think they would have sorted it so that the photos that are taken can at least be sent via the phone's own messaging service!
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    I guess if they are compressed they would go easily @GemmaRowlands.
  • TannTann Posts: 5
    second-grade primary https://www.thelearninglab.com.sg/blog/2019/08/why-keep-an-english-journal/
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,760 ✭✭✭✭
    Most parents have no idea what*s going on in the net.

    A mayor told yesterday in telly about her son who commited suicid. After reconstraction his life she got out, that
    those stories could have been the reasons for the tragedy.
    - The son was in a football team where one of the players took a photo from the boy while having a shower and put it ONLINE.
    - A blond long-haired girl attracted him, and he wrote to her until her boy-friend contracted and blackmailed the young boy. Afterwarts it got out that the blond woman was made up by her boy-friend. She did't exist.

    Be aware, that this tool could distroy lives very easily.

  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    This is very sad @Hermine. Bullying takes on whole new perspectives when it goes online like this.
  • HermineHermine Posts: 8,760 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 10
    Are we really aware of what skills we will forget/unlearn by using computers?

    - social skills
    - handwriting
    - boys/girls liked to build wooded houses in the forests
    - boys/girls liked to use nail, axe, saw.....
    - girls/boys liked to knit
    - children liked to meet up anywhere in secret.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 43,393 ✭✭✭✭
    It's very refreshing to see most children here in the south of India don't seem to have mobile phones. Quite possibly it's because families don't have the money to waste, but I suppose if their mates don't have one either, then there's not so much point.
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