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Riversidegirl4life
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Should kids 13 and under be allowed to have a cell phone?

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Started: 2/27/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MickJagger

Pro

I believe kids should have cell phones for many reasons. Anyone care to debate me on this topic.
Riversidegirl4life

Con

I accept, please present your case
Debate Round No. 1
MickJagger

Pro

Today parents face the dilemma of whether their kids should have cell phones while they are in middle school. In a world where there is no such thing as a completely safe neighborhood or school, giving children a device so they can immediately call for help is worth it....... 1- Emergency -The best reason for kids to have a cell phone is so they can contact parents or other relatives in case of emergency, and vice versa. A cell phone is a wonderful tool to protect your child from harm. It means that your son or daughter can be in instant communication with police, fire, or other emergency workers in case of accident or injury. It can also serve as a kind of electronic umbilical cord, helping to ensure that you are in constant communication with your child. 2- GPS Tracking-A cell phone with a GPS tracking device lets you know where your child is at all times. This is important for security and if you suspect your child is not being honest about where he spends his time. 3- Constant Contact-If your daughter has a cell phone, you can contact her no matter where she is. For example, if you are running late and she is at baseball practice, you can call her, so she's not left waiting & wondering where you are. 4- Entertainment-As long as they don't spend excessive time on their phones, kids can entertain themselves by talking to friends, sending text messages and playing games.
5- Responsibility- Allowing a kid to carry a cell phone teaches him to be responsible for his property and to obey limits you set on it. When your child has a cell phone, he or she has to learn responsibility. Your child will have to keep tabs on how many minutes have been used and will have to work to make sure the phone is not damaged. Even better, caring for a cell phone is much easier than taking care of a puppy or kitten. 6- Peace of Mind-If a child has to walk home alone each day after school or be by herself for a few hours, having a cell phone can give both her and her parents peace of mind
Riversidegirl4life

Con

I'm going to present some points, and then rebut.

Allow kids to have mobile phones promotes materialism. Today, a large part of social status is based on which mobile phone you have!
Today, phones like iPhones and Blackberries are so popular, that kids who have them will usually have a higher status at school, than kids who have old mobile phones. This can lead to teaisng and bullying. Over the age of 13, most kids are over the stage of teasing other about phones, but when younger this is a very real issue.

Creates a social cyberspace that kids with phones can't enter
With social cyberspaces such as BBM- kids without mobile phones may feel cut off from the communication that is happening between their friends. Today at school almost everything is organised through BBM. I'm lucky enough to have a Blackberry so I can partake in these conversations, but I can imagine how hard it is for kids without them, and how much stuff they can miss out on.

"they can contact parents... in case of emergency"
It's not safe to have children out on their own without an adult or older sibling- having a mobile phone wouldn't change this. A phone isn't enough to change this. Although unlikely, it could run out of power or credit or become lost, so it's not a 100% reliable backup. With or without a phone, children shouldn't be allowed out unsupervised!

"GPS tracking device lets you know where your child is at all times."
Did it occur to you what would happen if this got into the wrong hands? Phones are lost and stolen everyday, and as soon as your phone's gone you're leaving the location of your children to potentially a huge group of strangers.

"Entertaiment"
There are cheaper and less dangerous (see above) ways of providing kids with entertainment (hand held game consoles, MP3 players, even books!) Kids shouldn't waste their time on mobile phones, and although you said that as long as they don't overuse it's okay- parents can't get a realistic view of how much time their kid spends on their phone.




Debate Round No. 2
MickJagger

Pro

Sorry ma dude but I want to only have one debate at a time so i can legit concentrate on these so I am going to have to delete this and well debate another time. Thanks thou
Riversidegirl4life

Con

I don't think you can actually do that, but if you concede- vote con!
Debate Round No. 3
MickJagger

Pro

MickJagger forfeited this round.
Riversidegirl4life

Con

Riversidegirl4life forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
MickJagger

Pro

MickJagger forfeited this round.
Riversidegirl4life

Con

Riversidegirl4life forfeited this round.
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