Parents should not get mobile phones for their kids till they enter college

Parents should not get mobile phones for their kids till they enter college
The world of technology is one that has come with a whole lot of waves as we can see. Smartphones making it easier for people to enjoy good life while at the comfort of their homes. However, when it comes to the right time that parents should get phones for their children, I feel that it should not be wrong to wait to they enter college. I believe that it is at that level that they will have their maturity to handle the pressure that comes with technology and mobile communication. Do you agree with that?




I agree that smartphones should not be given to students until they enter college. Phone addiction has become a rising problem these days and the addiction for selfies is on the high. The internet is host to several dangerous and harmful sites so high school students are at risk to develop addictions.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-14-2018


I completely agree as giving a phone to a child will expose them to the harms of the internet at too young an age. For example, many people begin viewing pornography at the age of 10/11 which is extremely harmful to their developing brain and can easily lead to an addiction.

Also, mobile phones in general have been found to be addicting, due to the enjoyment we gain from social media, internet browsing etc. This releases dopamine in our body which we become addicted to. Addiction is very dangerous for developing brains and therefore I do not think younger children should be allowed a phone.

Posted by Osamah7 on 12-15-2018



too far

I think getting them phones at highschool is good enough and you really shouldn't wait for college or I don't even think you could prevent them from just getting a phone on their own at that age. these days high quality phones are cheap and you could just get a prepaid so by the time they are in high school they can pretty much just save their allowance and buy it on their own eventually so might as well just buy them one on their birthday or something.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-14-2018

Your Children will be ignorant!

Letting your kids have smartphones until they get to college is a wrong move. They will not be up to date with the latest technologies, and I believe that it's essential these days. Unless I want my kids to be farmers, I'll buy them a smartphone as soon as they can read.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 12-15-2018


If you have other ways to reach you teenaged daughters or sons, then why not. But, given the risks today, it's really important to give them phones at least for communication.
Posted by theresajane on 12-14-2018

No reason for that

Kids and especially teenagers have the need to socialize IN THEIR OWN WAY with their peers and also be in tune with their times. A kid without a cell phone will be illiterate in the needs of our times. There is no reason to not get a cell phone to your child , as long as there is a healthy amount of trust in the family.
Posted by GeorgeDr on 12-14-2018

need it in school

There are times when my kid who is in high school needs to use a smartphone especially for their research class. I do think they can get addicted to watching videos on the net so I just limit the use of the phone by turning off the wifi.
Posted by iambeth on 12-14-2018

High School is enough

I agree with the first comment. If the parents have the capacity to buy their children a cellphone, they could buy them when they reach high school. Cellphone have advantages and disadvantages for a high school kid or a teenager. However, I believe that with the proper guidance of supervision of their parents, cellphones could be in their advantage.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-14-2018

Learn how to be responsible

A parent's child should learn how to be able to put the phone in a correct and proper manner where they should be. For example, if a child was to study for a exam then he/she should study instead of using their phones as a distraction.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-15-2018

Not really

I think back it was only proper to get something so expensive for college. But these days phones are cheaper, and phones have become a necessity for parents specially since it's a means of contacting their children when they're far from each other. College is a bit much.
Posted by knnon on 12-15-2018

dumb phones are available but...

College is a bit late, no scratch that, its way late for someone to have their first mobile phone. Technology helps kids develop intellectually more faster, be it through a smartphone, laptop, tablet or any other medium and it is beneficial for them. What we can do is get younger kids, like kids in grade school a basic phone or dumb phone that we can use to communicate with them and let them use smartphones at home. Around junior year in highschool I think is the right time to give them a smartphone.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-16-2018

Bad idea!

Technology has its own disadvantages but the advantages overshadowed the disadvantages because mobile phones are important now. Parents can use it to reassure their safety outside and smartphones are a great help for studies. We're heading to a future with great technology, I don't think we should pull back our kids from it.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-16-2018


I disagree with this question "parents should not get mobile phones for their kids till they enter college. Why would you do that? a mobile phone is not only for use of gaming and social media it has a lot of function that can greatly help a kid in there study. Phones can be used for research and also it is a very important tool for communication in case of emergencies.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-15-2018


In some ways I definitely do believe that mobile phones are a hindrance on the attention spans of children and young adults.

That being said, I also believe that they’re an invaluable asset when it comes to your child’s safety. The fact is that the world is a dangerous place, and having a means of communication can mean the difference between life and death for your child.

Not to mention, if your kid is in High School and they don’t have a mobile phone, you can pretty much except them to be ostracized from any social group. It will be far more difficult for them to make friends, because these days socializing depends a lot on the utilization of social media and text messaging. Without those, your kid is going to be a social outcast which is going to definitely be detrimental to their mental health.
Posted by Denis_P on 12-14-2018
It's true, some kids are more focused on using their phones and always checking their social media that they forgot to study and do their assignments. It's good the parents should set a schedule for their to when to use their phones and there should guidance comes from the parents.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-15-2018
You are correct, the social aspect of younger people revolves heavily on social media and a kid in high school without one would not only feel left out but will literally be left out of the loop. As much as school is for academics purposes it is also for socialization and training kids for the real world and the real world nowadays relies on faster way of communication through any technological advancement medium that we have.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-16-2018
I don’t think there’s any specific right age. Kids mature very differently and what is right for one 12 year old may be completely wrong for another.

I always think it’s best to play it by ear. Use your judgment and set some ground rules for mobile phone usage if you are going to go down the route of getting one for your child.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-14-2018
Every parent knows the kids he has. So, if you consider your kids mature enough to use a cell phone, then you can give them one to put them to test. If you see that cell phone brings more disadvantages than benefits, then you just take it away. More often than not, the kids turn out to be very responsible and show they can handle it.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
This is a sound advice. Parents should know their child and should know if it is the right time for them to be handed a responsibility such as a smartphone. I say responsibility because it will be up to them to balance their time between studying and using social media and/or playing games on the phone.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-16-2018
Even though I think kids mesmerize themselves with a cell phone, and they don't put attention to you while they're using it, I have to agree they need one at least for an emergency. My god-daughter had her first cell phone at 10 years old, because she was going to use the bus, and moving to the bigger part of the school. It has been very useful, specially when she's been feeling sick, or when she goes out of school late.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
They should really have their phones like when they are 10 years old or up, you can get it when they come back home, if you want. The important thing is to be able o communicate with them when they're not in your house.
Posted by theresajane on 12-15-2018
They have research class nowadays in high school thus they need such device for them to search online. They also use it for their communication with teachers and classmates.
Posted by iambeth on 12-14-2018
They have research classes even in grade school. If I have kids in the future, I'll buy them a smartphone as soon as they can read so that they will be technologically inclined in such a young age. Who knows, they might be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 12-15-2018
When the moment that they say they can go home alone, you should give them phones, even the keypad ones, which are still very common in our country. It is important to reach them anytime.
Posted by theresajane on 12-14-2018
I'm weighing with the pros cons here. Phone are used for communication, for searching important details while on the same side, it's unhealthy since the kids might be exposed from cyber bullying, free to watch inappropriate things shown in the internet. I think parents should just monitor their kids, ther should be parental guidance so that the kids will not fall on doing inappropriate things that is shown in the internet.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-15-2018
I agree that supervision of the kid's use of the mobile phone is important to gauge whether they are being cyber-bullied or are being exposed to inappropriate videos online. Limiting the time of use can also help prevent incidents such as these as well as addiction to the device.
Posted by iambeth on 12-15-2018
Parents should not get mobile phones for their kids till they enter college: I think high school is enough to let your kids use a mobile phones because Mobile phones also has a great help for high school especially in terms of doing some research for schools and projects, it is usual in the high school. Specially this days almost school activities are inform online and to be able your child updated he/she need her/his own mobile phone to access it.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-15-2018
Why wait until high school? Students do research as soon as they start to learn. Grade school maybe? Allowing them to have a device to research on will help in their overall learning process.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 12-15-2018
Somehow I agree that kids should only have phones when they turn into college. They can have phones when they turn to highschool but they should be guided as sometimes they already keep secret commiting a relationship with someone and it can disturb their studies.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-15-2018
I would say that not giving access to the Mobile phones till the chidren start going to the college is definitely being a bit harsh on them. I agree that kids are increasingly getting addicted to there Mobiles for playing games and interacting on the Socila platforms with there friends. Its better to restrict the use of the Mobiles for a fixed time rather than completely banning the kids from using the Mobiles. Internet can also be a very good source of getting knowledge and having healthy exchange of views and ideas, especially amongst the younger generation.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-15-2018
The key thing about this is proper guidance and moderation. You can give them phones, but you must not allow them to have it 24/7. We are not in the old times anymore. As the world evolves, we have to adapt. We need an easier way to communicate with them.
Posted by theresajane on 12-15-2018
I think that is too harsh to prohibit a child in having his own mobile phone. Over here I could see grade school children with their own phone and even their own Facebook account. Well, it depends on the kind of society that you have because when all the classmates have their mobile phones and you child has none then that is clearly discriminating and your child will be at a great disadvantage.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-15-2018
It depends on the situation. If mobile phone is a necessity like for example, you and your kid are far away from each other, mobile phone is needed for communication purposes. As long as the mobile phone serves the purpose, it’s fine and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Posted by jessie271 on 12-16-2018
Parents should not get mobile phones for their kids till they enter college. I somehow agree but inevitable. You see, most of the works in school needs research which is easier to do online rather than going to libraries.I do not mean libraries are not viable but nowadays they are more into gadgets than books.
Posted by gutzman on 12-16-2018
Yes definitely kids cannot get smart phones till they get into college. But that is for the smartphone. They can have a regular mobile phone so we can contact hem in case of emergency. If they want access to internet they can use the desktop at home. That way we can limit their access into to internet. I just really hope that i can do whatever i am saying right now when that time comes.
Posted by Carrascoshiela on 12-18-2018