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This is an interesting question and one I have pondered off and on even though my oldest is only 4 and a few years off before we even start the cell phone discussion. An interesting article here talks about it. Most moms surveyed for the article indicated that the primary reasons for getting their kids cell phones were: safety, security, and convenience, ...


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Cell-phone coatings are often made of lead. Cell phones also contain copper, nickel, antimony and zinc. Cell phones are officially considered "hazardous" e-waste. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium are present within mobile phones, especially older models, as well as brominated flame retardants in the devices' printed circuit boards and ...


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I have the same basic criteria for everything like that: Did they ask? Have they demonstrated an ability to handle the responsibility? For a phone, the second point would be demonstrated by showing they can take care of other prized possessions, i.e. not leaving them where my daughter can run them over with her wheelchair, etc. The other factor to ...


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Every kid is different, and you know your child best, so think about your child: at what age do you think your child is ready for the responsibility? Now let me give you this counter-intuitive bit of advice: get your kid the cell phone at least one year earlier. One thing to keep in mind is that, as parents, it is our job to teach our children about this ...


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I'd strongly recommend against this. Household dirt is mostly harmless (and sometimes even useful) but industrial chemicals are not. Surfaces of consumer electronics product are often all treated with certain chemicals to enhance appearance and durability. Metal is often plated, anodized or painted. Plastics are painted and enhance with UV stabilizers. Glass ...


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I'd be worried about damage to the phone (moisture etc.), but that's not what you're asking about. Take a close look at your phone. Take a close look at your keyboard. All the little corners and cracks and spaces around the buttons are filled with ... dirt. I would not want to lick my phone, even though I try to keep my devices reasonably clean. And I ...


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It obviously varies a lot depending on the child, family, and general situation. There are three really big questions I would ask, though: WHO: How responsible is the child, in general? Does he/she frequently lose/forget items? Do you trust him/her to carry technology around without breaking it? Do you trust him/her to not use it in some situations ...


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I may be going against public opinion here, but I think that there is very little compelling reason for a child to have a mobile phone. I also don't see it as an essential for an adult - which probably explains my approach. Despite many of their schoolmates having phones my kids have no need for one. Arranging to meet their friends somewhere teaches them to ...


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I guess it really depends on your own beliefs and situation. We don't have a mobile phone, so I am not going to buy one for my children. When they are old enough to buy their own and understand the risks, then it's OK for me. It would be the same for sleepover, using internet, having a tattoo... :p (all depends on child maturity and house rules)


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I think I'll let my kids have one of my old phones once they're able to pay the monthly bill themselves. They have an allowance. They can get a job if they want more.


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I have a daughter and she is 7 now. I made a decision to buy her a cellphone when she is going to get out alone. I think this is the only criteria that makes sense. Other things may be considered, but she only needs a mobile if she is out of home alone and in this case she really needs one. Which one? The cheapest one possible to not have a drama when ...


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Yes, it is likely very dangerous for a child to chew on a cell phone, specifically due to the bacteria commonly found. There are various studies comparing the germs on cell phones unfavorably to toilet seats.



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