How Young Is Too Young For A Mobile Phone?
from the why-not-give-them-one-with-their-birth-certificate? dept
It appears that the “how young is too young for a kid to have a mobile phone?” debate is starting up again. Of course, part of the reason for that is that the various mobile phone companies have been targeting their marketing dollars down into the pre-teen age range. AT&T Wireless is even teaching a class for kids about mobile phones at some museum. While they claim that it’s to focus on teaching kids about technology (and not marketing to kids), apparently the part that excites them the most (not surprisingly) is where they get to check out the cool new phones AT&T Wireless is offering. Meanwhile middle school and elementary school officials are saying that the problems of mobile phones in schools – which used to only effect high schools – has been creeping downwards. As for kids, it becomes a peer pressure sort of thing – where every kid wants one as soon as they find out someone else in their class has one. For parents who do decide to give their kids phones, they try to make sure that they put them on pre-paid plans, so they don’t end up running up huge bills. Still, there’s a point at which you have to wonder if that 8-year-old really needs his own mobile phone.