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  1. branden3112's Avatar
    I say younger than 16. If you have your drivers license thing you should have a cell phone for emergencies. I didn't get my first cell phone until I was 18. I had no reason to have one but that's when I started to get out more.
    and how old are you now?
    07-10-08 09:27 PM
  2. reeneebob's Avatar
    Then your auto text is broken if it didn't catch "me and him". And if you typed that post yourself and not on the Berry, you need to stop relying on AutoText so much and relearn basic English skills. Complete with punctuation, capitalization and grammar. By the way a bad keyboard is not an excuse.

    *smacks self* Sorry, NOW I'm done.
    07-10-08 09:28 PM
  3. ecooper11's Avatar
    Then your auto text is broken if it didn't catch "me and him".

    *smacks self* Sorry, NOW I'm done.
    Come on, I have seen worse grammar than that in the newspaper. Let's just all relax and stop picking on one another. Does anyone need peer mediation? I'm certified.

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    07-10-08 09:31 PM
  4. branden3112's Avatar
    Then your auto text is broken if it didn't catch "me and him".

    *smacks self* Sorry, NOW I'm done.
    I'm not on my BB right now, I'm on my computer
    Last edited by branden3112; 07-10-08 at 09:33 PM.
    07-10-08 09:31 PM
  5. branden3112's Avatar
    Come on, I have seen worse grammar than that in the newspaper. Let's just all relax and stop picking on one another. Does anyone need peer mediation? I'm certified.

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    thanks, because all that was was a small grammatical error.
    Last edited by branden3112; 07-10-08 at 10:40 PM.
    07-10-08 09:33 PM
  6. branden3112's Avatar
    where is everybody?
    07-10-08 10:36 PM
  7. Loganwantsablackberry's Avatar
    kids having phones is simply up to the parents

    most people dont realize the constant pressure of not having a phone


    a bb is not for the features its the preffered device of many celebrities and thats what we see and what we want.


    a sieekick and bb are the same thing

    where are you going to find a phone that is "cool" for under 150

    its not your kids

    leave them alone

    and the other thing

    why do we have to pay the phone bill
    that dosent teach anything... thats a simple bill

    what are you going to have them pay for next:Health insurance, tv bill, school tuition.

    give me a break
    07-11-08 12:24 AM
  8. branden3112's Avatar
    Hello. Is anybody going to keep this thread going?

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    07-11-08 12:24 AM
  9. ecooper11's Avatar
    well I'm glad all the arguing stopped. For now anyway......

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    07-11-08 12:31 AM
  10. branden3112's Avatar
    I thought you went to sleep?

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    07-11-08 12:34 AM
  11. gmoreira26's Avatar
    12 is a bit young...but then again i'm 17 & i have the curve

    however, i got a crappy Nokia when i was your step daughters age because i "only needed it for emergencies"
    07-11-08 12:38 AM
  12. branden3112's Avatar
    Why is a 12 year old to young? We use our blackberry just as much as older people. I'm 12 and I have a pearl.

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    07-11-08 12:41 AM
  13. Bodyart's Avatar
    I say give it to 'em as soon as they can spell!
    07-11-08 01:14 AM
  14. cate's Avatar
    Round and round we go!

    Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but putting someone down isn't necessary SO please be kind.
    07-11-08 01:21 AM
  15. broooke's Avatar
    Blah I got my first phone in like 6th grade, but it was that ancient brick Nokia. I remember that thing. I had regular phones up until age 16 or so and then I started buying the newest and greatest things... I had to have the razr the day it came out, followed by the slvr, etc. I bought my first bb at 21.

    Oh and text messaging didn't even exist until I was like 16.. LOL. I didn't use it until like Junior year.
    07-11-08 02:23 AM
  16. kymmiipie's Avatar
    I got my first cell phone in 5th grade and it was an audiovox from verizon that I still have it in our junk drawer. It looks like our home phone. I don't think I would ever get my child a berry. They can get one on there own. I think your job as a parent is to get them a phone to stay in contact with you for emergency purposes etc. I know I begged my mom for a berry for so long because she had one and I still to this day haven't convinced her that I need one. That all being said my b/f only uses smartphones and so he says our child when/if we do ever have one will totally be getting the latest and greatest berry.
    07-11-08 11:02 AM
  17. branden3112's Avatar
    I got my first cell phone in 5th grade and it was an audiovox from verizon that I still have it in our junk drawer. It looks like our home phone. I don't think I would ever get my child a berry. They can get one on there own. I think your job as a parent is to get them a phone to stay in contact with you for emergency purposes etc. I know I begged my mom for a berry for so long because she had one and I still to this day haven't convinced her that I need one. That all being said my b/f only uses smartphones and so he says our child when/if we do ever have one will totally be getting the latest and greatest berry.
    and how old are you now?
    07-11-08 11:24 AM
  18. gdasilva16's Avatar
    gotta start them young. haha. j/k. to me there's no age. to me, is when they have a good job, and can pay for their BB, and plan.
    07-11-08 11:35 AM
  19. Saturate15's Avatar
    Way too young. I got my first phone at 12, it was a Nokia of somesort. Lost it in the snow, imagine how that would have been if it would have been a BB?! She's not old enough or responsible enough to handle it. She won't have internet? Wonder how long that'll last. I'm sure she'll be begging to check her MySpace or something on it.
    I'm 17, I have a Pearl, and I paid for it. My parents do pay for the bill minus the data plan because being a 17 year old female, situations may arise where I NEED a phone at that moment, and they like to make sure they can get ahold of me. I just don't think a 12/13 year old can handle such a phone, I think she needs some just basic phone with MAYBE a camera on it.
    07-11-08 01:10 PM
  20. kymmiipie's Avatar
    branden3112 I am 22 years old why???
    07-11-08 02:45 PM
  21. nfl46's Avatar
    Probably 15
    07-11-08 02:51 PM
  22. Morenina's Avatar
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    I read of all of the thread, all pages and I am stumped that no one has mentioned anything about the following:

    1. Giving children/teen/semi-adults (so to speak) the lastest gadget out there is to potentially turn your loved one (or not so loved one) into an attraction for thieves.

    2. I don't believe that anyone below the age 18 should own a BlackBerry for the following reasons:

    a. For all of these teens out there claiming that they absolutely need and will make use of the phone for all of its features: I believe you. I truly believe that you have convinced yourself of needing something that bad, that you find new and inventive ways to justify your reasoning for it.

    Can you use a blackberry? can you learn how to use its features? Sure. It's not about being stupid or tech savvy. Its about the fact that at that age, the conversations that you have with your friends are unimportant or less important to the real word. By real world, I mean, not only are they not an emergency (don't classify the lastest gossips as important communication), but they can wait until you get home.

    b. For those of you below the age of 18, trust me when I say this, when you get to 18, you will begin to see people below 18 as inferior (less deserving or adult related material or things that were made for adults) and immature to the knowledge that you hold as you get older. That's life. You will have a different and better perspective on life because you are now by law, an adult and now have different choices in life (lottery, cigarettes, porn)....not saying that you don't know about this stuff already. Now you can work without stupid restrictions on time and limits.

    c. Are we forgetting about what the true purpose of having a cell phone is? It was originally design to provide instant communication in case of an emergency, to bridge the gap between the time you are away from home and the time you are at work. I am speaking about the phone part, not the data part (data is a whole different ball game)

    d. Aren't any of you concern about the potential dangerous of exposing a child to receiving daily doses of frequencies when the call is truly not an emergency? I know that nothing has been proven yet, but as far as I am concerned, the study is conducted with adults, so if anything is concluded, you can bet that whatever the aftermath is.....you are not getting an award for starting off your child early on to the consequences.

    3. In today's world, children are killing children for very stupid reasons or no reason at all. Do you want to make your child a victim of envy? You go right ahead and get them the shiniest newest thing you can find, but don't cry about what happens next if such tragedy happens.

    4. You are concerned about your children feeling left out more so than you are worried about what exactly does your step daughter need a BB for. Sorry to break it to you, I understand that you have some say on the way you both are raising her but there is nothing that you can truly do because the decision is up to your husband. As a Stepmother, you are limited to doing your best to get along with her and I suggest that you think about the consequences of going against her wishes and the conflict it can create in your relationship. Today's teens are not the same teens from 10 years ago and it is a very delicate age in which anything can basically "make it or break it".

    Conclusion: If you are below 18, you truly do not NEED a blackberry, what you need is to concentrate in doing good in school, enough for you to know exactly what choices you will make once you get to 18, when you graduate from high school and now have a choice of whether to go to college or not.

    You NEED a cell phone that meets your actual needs. For the person that said something about being used by her family to get directions or something like that. Give me a brea, nowadays , most cars come with GPS and for those that don't, they sell GPS nagivators relatively cheap, it doesn't necessary have to come out of a cell phone.

    Instead of wasting away time on a device, you should be living your life. You only get to be a child/teen once, after that comes the harsh reality of life. Don't let the "michael Jackson" syndrome affect you. He missed out on his childhood because of other activities and look at him now. An amusement park in his house? Molesting children cause he was robed of a childhool? Live your life!!!!!! Don't try to grow up before your time and don't allow a device to replace face to face contact, you are missing out on life!!!

    Sorry for the amount of space I utilize but I feel that some of the things I have mentioned have not been brought up before.

    As for you little Brenden, why are you so eager to defend your point against all odds? Wait until you get to 18 or have a child of your own and you will understand the feeling of wanting to protect others from potential danger. There is no need to keep checking continuously for more replies as if it were a battle. It is simply an opinion and an overview of why you and other younger generations believe that they need this type of phone. We are all learning from this!!!!
    Last edited by Morenina; 07-11-08 at 10:49 PM. Reason: noticed mispelling
    07-11-08 05:30 PM
  23. jennifer2277's Avatar
    I teach 7th grade in an lower income neighborhood, a lot of kids don't have pencils or lunch money, but often have REALLY nice cell phones and they aren't prepaid! Just a warning to parents, and kids, we had a serious problem within our district this year of kids sending other kids pornographic pics via MMS. In one case, a high school girl thought she'd send such a pic to her boyfriend, who forwarded it to a few of his friends, who forwarded it... you get the picture. Just beware!

    I know my boys who are 9 and 11 are not getting a blackberry until they can pay the bill. They are in the minority of children who do not have a cell phone at their school. In preschool, a little girl actually asked my oldest son for his cell number and showed us hers. I was shocked!

    When the oldest is 12, and starting 7th grade, he will be getting a regular, basic cell phone. It will be the first year he is walking to school by himself, and hubby and I will be at work when he leaves in the morning and for about a half hour after school. The phone is more for my piece of mind than for him. Youngest will also wait until 7th grade for his first phone. Even then, they know they have to make their $10 per month to pay for it and the first time they are texting in class and I find out, it's gone! I can't tell you how many kids text during class! We even had one student's state test thrown out because a teacher caught her texting during the test!

    For our younger kids, I agree, I would have been foaming at the mouth for a blackberry at your age, but I also know that I didn't need one and would have never expected someone to pay a monthly fee for me! Convienent, yes! Necessary, NO!

    Just my $.02. (For the record, I got my first cell at 18 instead of a landline phone, when I moved out and was paying my own bills. I got my first blackberry 2 months ago, at age 31!)
    07-12-08 07:30 AM
  24. Saturate15's Avatar
    Morenina,
    I respect what you have to say, but come on.. I'm not 18, and I bought my own BB, am paying for my data plan, making car payments, working, I am also a competitive gymnast, AND doing WELL in school (Get a grammar check before you start posting about doing "good" in school) Yeah, I've been caught texting in class, but not just on my BB, and when I was caught, it was my DAD and an interview for a piece I was writing for the paper.. so tell me, how am I not using my BB? How am I not ready for one? I put all my assignments, schedules, and I am able to email things and get them right then & there. I don't go on MySpace or anything in school, I don't get on IM. Some teens are more mature than others. My parents pay for a portion of my bill because I am responsible, because I answer their calls.. not because they feel the need to. I think you need to take a step back & see that being 18 doesn't magically make you superior to others. I'm 4 months away from being 18, so I must not be as good as anyone who is 18, right??
    07-12-08 12:02 PM
  25. phonegeek#AC's Avatar
    Maybe I am going the wrong way on this but I have a problem with my parents spoiling my kids. My mother mostly. Now she hasn't gone off the deepend and bought a blackberry or something like that but then again my oldest is only 9.

    The broader issue here is that you have to be the parent. With my mother she started buying stuff she knew I wouldn't approve of and giving it to my son and I started taking it away. I got flak from my mother over it and said then fine if you don't want me to take away the things you buy him then check with me first and I will tell you if I approve.

    Today it's a BB but tomorrow it may be a red sports car or something like that. Stand your ground now because if you don't it will only get worse and later on you will long for the day when it was just a BB and no big deal.
    07-12-08 12:17 PM
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