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When they can pay for them. My kids have old crap phones they can call us on, but if they want proper phone with all the crap that goes with it they can pay for it.
My children got mobiles when they were 16 this was also the age they were allowed facebook.
Isn't it funny it's ok to give a child a tablet, laptop or an ipod but goodness me, not a phone. Because phones are different somehow.
None of my kids have ever owned a tablet or iPad or computer
On occasion the could use our computer but that's it.
Have a quick search and see if any of the top mac people let their kids on them?
Know why cos they know all their research which everyone else seems to ignore as hippy talk.
Have a quick look around at all the mindless adults completely addicted and glued to their technology
Myself including I regularly detox off it...
and we're giving that to KIDS ?!
My kids did Steiner for first years till we moved... all of them get top marks. None do much homework- my middle does do the most as she loves it.
Honestly why we accept it is beyond me!!
My kids leave the house by 730... get home at 4.. on week nights that leaves just 2 hours in winter to do surfing, playing at the local courts, getting to friends homes and back (they bike most every where)
I'd be ok if it was 10/15 minutes of revision but it's not! So I give them the choice- they choose surfing/ hanging at the courts 10/10 times usually. With the expception of an interesting project.
Sorry but if you can't teach my kid while you got him you need to smarten up. It's my job to teach manners and lifestyle. I get them for about 1-4/ 14 hours theyre awake, I'm not giving more to school that already takes its own 5!!!
Even the trade classes had write up components that had to be done on a computer in your own time.
You need good computer skills for a lot of jobs these days.
Not saying they need their own. I only graduated in 2012 and dad, my sister and I all had to share a computer, but we had access to 1.
I got my 1st job at 14 and paid for my own phone and walked to iga to buy my own phone credit. (I also walked to work on account that both my parents worked)
My girls got their mobiles the Christmas before they started highschool.
And even then they are my old iPhones that I have kept when upgrading. One is an iPhone 5 the other a 5S
I myself had a phone at the age of 14 my dad gave it to me to keep in touch as i lived with my grandmother. Im now 33 and my 14 year old has had hers for a year. My reason for this is she used to go to school 20km away from home. Now she is a 10 min walk but she has it for safty. She has had to use it quite a few times. Once she had a guy following her she rang me and stayed on the phone until she was home. All good not wanting kids to have technology but safty comes first for me.
My daughter when she started high school because she walks home from school. My son 10 so our babysitter can pick him up from school. He calls her at the school pick up zone and she drives the car down when he is there.
When you decide to give them one. Unless of course they're sneaking out at night to work the night shift and paying for it themselves!
I think it really depends on your family, school and community situation. Some kids need to be contactable earlier than others. Some families can afford to give them to kids at earlier ages and some parents find it relieves their stress then they are away from their children. Phones have more functions that they use to. Email, camera, GPS and games to name a few. I don't think we should judge each other on our different life situations and choices we make for our own children.
Personally I give my kids a pre-paid SIM card around 12. However all my kids had old IPhones from when I upgraded to play games on, but that's would suited our home life.
In Australia schools no longer buy computers because the Abbott government cancelled the "computers in schools program". If your child does not have a laptop computer from year 7 that they can have the school program loaded onto by the IT department of the school, to do their homework on, to submit their assignments, to access their homework from, then they WILL inevetably fail subjects and fall behind. Australian schools are no longer obligated to supply computers to students. Some schools are still loaning some to students for use at school, but this means they must complete their homework in breaks, and in a couple of years when these computers all fail and become outdated, parents will be REQUIRED to purchase a laptop for their child. Having a computer at home will not be adequate.
In my son's case he has a very serious medical condition so as soon as he is old enough to use a phone he will have one. I'll pay for it. I really don't see what the big deal is.
My son was 10 - it was a hand me down from when we upgraded ... he trains tae kwon do 2 nights a week (and we can't stay and watch) so we got it for safety .. it does not go to school (he has an iPad with I message if there is an emergency.. my 6 year old daughter has had an iPad for several years ...
Grade 11. No tablets but the high school were my children go still supply a computer to all high school kids.