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To think a 12 year old shouldn't send 170 texts a day?

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emkana Tue 09-Aug-11 21:38:22

am I naive? My dd is only ten, this is a friend's dd. Where I am now I think I wouldnt allow it, even on unlimited texts, as that way she won't do anything else all day and it seems very limiting. Just trying to gauge and prepare for the future!

LemonDifficult Tue 09-Aug-11 21:39:50

Sounds odd. And time consuming.

LolaRennt Tue 09-Aug-11 21:42:24

Horrifyingly I think that has become normal. Imagine that for a second that all your communication was suddenly turned electronic. Every sentance in a conversation suddenly becomes a text.. It doesn't seem so bad when you imagine it as a long conversation of 170 lines. I think its just sad children don't seem intrested in actually speaking to eachother. My neices used to text eachother from seperate rooms in the same house hmm

lilmissminx Tue 09-Aug-11 21:43:12

Unlimited is usually not strictly true. I have worked for a mobile phone 'giant' and the norm is 3000 (small print) and will be enforced, particularly if you are persistent in going over.
It isn't normal behaviour, but it does happen. The irate parents paying the bill are proof of that!

timidviper Tue 09-Aug-11 21:45:21

Friends DD had had bills of over £300 on 2 or 3 occasions now despite her parents having absolute rants about it!

emkana Tue 09-Aug-11 21:55:41

I'm thinking payg and once the money for the month is gone, it's gone?

lilmissminx Tue 09-Aug-11 22:21:33

payg OR depending on age of child / trust. Get a sim only 30 day contract. Explain v clearly, that the one big bill will be the last bill. You can monitor usage online within reason as well with most providers. Payg has some advantages. We are on vodafone, and have the friends and family bundle added so that DS can call us foc at all times. It keeps the costs down. Am sure most networks have similar concepts.

Maryz Tue 09-Aug-11 22:44:32

170 texts a day is 170 in 24 hours, or in fact 170 in the about 17 hours she is awake, so 10 an hour.

It doesn't sound so bad when put that way.

Presumably this is in the school holidays hmm. Mine used to text a lot and now facebook. I reckon when they had free texts about 60% of the texts were just forwarding chainmail to their entire address book.

So if she is sending half a dozen chain mails on a day to 30 friends, that's the 170 taken care of.

In short, it depends. If she is laboriously typing out 170 texts to 170 different people every day, especially on a school day, that is time-consuming. But if you are just looking at the bill, and seeing 170, it would be worth having a look at how many are group texts.

If all that makes sense hmm. In any event, unless it is PAYG with unlimited free texts, it isn't a good idea.

HeidiKat Tue 09-Aug-11 22:54:49

I would share this article with your friend who is the mother of this child, RSI is very painful, I knew someone who had it and couldn't even write in the end because of the pain, she had to dictate all her university exams to someone who wrote it all down for her.

Vicky2011 Tue 09-Aug-11 23:01:33

But can I have been alone as a teenager in spending 2 hrs most nights on the phone chatting to my best friend who I had just spent all day at school with? I promise that was a LOT more expensive than 170 texts and probably more disruptive to learning.

orienteerer Tue 09-Aug-11 23:02:03

yanbu

EdithWeston Tue 09-Aug-11 23:04:46

It sounds a lot, but it would be a much bigger problem if she were sending them to co-ordinate looters.....

rubyrubyruby Tue 09-Aug-11 23:13:21

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Debs75 Tue 09-Aug-11 23:17:18

I just got DD1(15) a contract blackberry and you get 200mins and unlimited(roughly 3000) texts.
When her first bill arrived I nearly fell off my chair.
She had kept under her contract so no scare there but the bill was 86 pages longshock of texts.
Now they are free so I'm not worried about cost but we have since had to take her phone off her after 10.30 so she gets some sleep. She was texting from 4am till gone midnight some days.
On the flip side she has never used a minute of her calls

mardyelsie Tue 09-Aug-11 23:43:03

My DD1 (12.11) has managed to send 380 texts in one day shock I have no idea how, as on the day in question she was helping DP clear out the shed. Her phone bill (thankfully not on paper) ran to 119 pages. Her phone is left downstairs at night, and when she's doing her homework. She has a contract, as I'd hate for her to gave no credit when she really needed it.

AlpinePony Wed 10-Aug-11 07:54:44

170? Fecking amateur!

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