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Should kids under 13 years have a personal phone?

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Started: 5/5/2015 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MooseWagon

Con

This is my first debate, so go hard on me.


Children should not have a phone if they are under the age of 13
This would give them access to things they should not have access to. Parents can be very irresponsible, and not check up on the kid if they do have one. Why would they need one, in the first place? They should not be left home alone at a young age, and they do not have anyone to call.
If kids did need to call someone, they could use their parent's phone. They might also break them, or do damage to them. Here are the points:
· They can have access to things, if the parents are irresponsible.
· They would have no use for it, they do not need to call anyone, and if so, they can use their parent's phone.
· They might damage, or break them, costing a decent amount of money to replace.
erasure

Pro

Hi, this is also my first debate.

I'm going to start off with analyzing your arguments.

First, let's look at this statement: "Kids can have access to things, if the parents are irresponsible."
What this statement fails to prove is that if we did say that kids cannot have phones, then this access will be blocked under the same qualifier. As a result, this same ban should be extended to TV, computers, etc., etc. Not allowing kids to have personal phones won't logically stop them having access to anything if the parents are irresponsible. The only way to achieve this purpose is to bubble-wrap kids in a way that completely restricts their access to everything.

The second argument is "They would have no use for it, they do not need to call anyone, and if so, they can use their parent's phone." Firstly, this assumes that kids will have access to their parent's phone at all times. There are several flaws in this argument.
a) Refer back to the qualifier that you introduce-- irresponsible parents. In other words, a contradiction in how you approach this argument with this statement-- "They should not be left home alone at a young age." Do irresponsible parents do what they SHOULD? The answer is no, and as a result kids might need a phone to access in emergencies.
b) Not a good definition for phone here. Currently phones have use for kids that have after-school activities, social activities with friends, want help with academics, and so on. The argument that they don't have anyone to call is simply false.

The third argument is "They might damage, or break them, costing a decent amount of money to replace." Again, I'd like to point out several flaws.
a) You can't possibly prove that a child would break a phone if you advocate for never giving them a phone in the first place. This doesn't justify not giving them that privilege.
b) Again, as in argument 1, this is not unique to the topic. To accept this argument one would have to extend this to so many other things (TV, computers, so on).

On grounds that con vastly underestimates the usage of phones, especially in today's society, I would like to elaborate the argument I make against the second point by saying that the benefits far outweigh the costs here. Having protection against emergencies and being able to contact friends, trusted adults, or parents that aren't with their child at any time they need are all arguments that are UNIQUE to phones.
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