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mobile phones and 8 year olds

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phones Sat 14-Mar-09 19:54:56

my 8 year old son has been given a mobile phone from a relative as a present. i have heard and read about radiation from mobile phones and the harmful effects on children's brains. I also think that 8, is too young for a phone. what do you think? I think also, that it may also be intended for my 3 year old to use aswell. how would you feel and what would you do?

Ceolas Sat 14-Mar-09 19:56:20

I would not allow my 8 year old to have a phone. I'd take it and look after it for about 4 years til he went to high school

phones Sat 14-Mar-09 20:12:15

and if it was your ex partner who brought the phone [my 8 year olds dad]?

janeite Sat 14-Mar-09 20:13:26

I would not allow an eight year old to have a mobile phone, whoever had bought it. I'm afraid I'd give it back.

jugglingwoman Sat 14-Mar-09 20:16:58

I wouldn't. My godson (whilst in his mothers tummy) would kick off her mobile phone if she put it on her stomach. Nothing else bothered him.

Why don't you keep it and then if he visits his Dad, give it to him so he can be contacted (but never use it). His Dad might just think it's his best chance to have good contact and didn't think about the issues related to it.

breadandroses Sat 14-Mar-09 20:23:32

no no no

phones Sat 14-Mar-09 21:09:04

thanks everyone,
I'm really upset that I have to now explain/have told, my very over excited son that the phone will be off until he sees his dad next time...[I am now the bad guy for protecting him against cancer].

I have kept his dads phone number next to our home phone for the last 3 years and my son usually needs to be coaxed into phoning his dad. His dad never phones him, except on xmas day and then he upsets him.

His dad wont do his homework with him [always comes back half done or not at all] at weekends but will happily teach him how to text?

Nabster Sat 14-Mar-09 21:10:32

My son is 8 next week and wants a phone.

No way is he having one.

PlumBumMum Sat 14-Mar-09 21:12:40

No way, and def not a 3 year old

phones Sat 14-Mar-09 21:19:12

are you saying no because of the damage they can do physically?

or because people get mugged for mobile phones?

Or because it just is wrong?

PlumBumMum Sat 14-Mar-09 21:22:58

8 is far to young to have a mobile

Nabster Sat 14-Mar-09 21:25:34

No one knows 100% the risks for youngsters having phones.

he wouldn't be mugged as never alone.

Just too young and no need for one.

stroppyknickers Sat 14-Mar-09 21:25:54

If you don't allow your child free access to the house phone/ answering it/ using it/ giving out the number etc etc, why allow them access to their own phone? I would say no, but dd only just got a phone to use (strictly informed that it is not her phone) at ten.

phones Sat 14-Mar-09 21:30:34

Ok, I was thinking that when he satrts secondary school he could have his own phone, as then I won't be picking him up and dropping him off and it would be useful when he is older...

I have never stopped him from using the home phone and he does pick up the home phone if it rings sometimes when I ask him to. I have never ever, ever, ever stopped him talking to his dad!

Ceolas Sat 14-Mar-09 21:34:50

For my children it would be unneccessary. They are never anywhere without me or a responsible adult who could contact me in an emergency.

I will allow it at high school though.

reindeermum Sat 14-Mar-09 21:43:44

Absolutely completely and utterly RIDICULOUS and WRONG to let an 8year old have a mobile phone. You are doing the right thing. Don't worry about being the bad guy. Your ex should have discussed this with you first.

phones Sat 14-Mar-09 21:56:08

Thanks, just feel so awful as now my son is really upset...and i'm feeling really guilty for saying no and making him upset as it was from his dad!

Even though I think a mobile is wrong for age 8...I feel I've been put in a very difficult position by another grown up who, should know better.

How can I put it to an 8 year old that its a non starter?

applepudding Sat 14-Mar-09 22:09:27

I agree with the comment which says keep it for when he visits his dad so he can be contacted. Tell him that is what his dad sent it to him for. I can't see exactly who he would be phoning on it anyway unless his friends have mobiles.

Is radiation from mobile phone a danger if the child is just playing a game on it? I would never have considered buying a child this age a mobile but am just thinking that my DS plays games on his dad's phone.

phones Sat 14-Mar-09 22:17:47

I don't know.

As I understand it, from many websites and information points, mobile phones give off radiation. This has however also been disputed by many? But why risk it?

I think in children its about up to 75% [up until around age 10 and then it decreases] of this radiation that enters a childs brain and there are xrays that illustrate this on the internet. In grown ups its less than 10% radiation that is recieved.
I will look into it further.

jugglingwoman Sun 15-Mar-09 18:38:00

Ignoring the whole radiation issue, mobile phones are also the way/reason so many children can be bullied these days. Along with Beebo and the like. So be very wary (I do realise I sound over cautious but permanently talk to parents whose children have had 'nasty' texts from 'friends').

SafetyFirst Fri 04-Sep-09 00:01:16

Hi
Considering a mobile for my 11 year old I came across this web site
www.wiredchild.org
It seems there is evidence showing an increased risk of brain tumour after 10 years.
It also seems that mobiles where never safety tested.
Since mobiles have not been around long I think it is an experiment to be giving my child a mobile. After all I wouldn't give him a packet of cigarettes.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Fri 04-Sep-09 00:26:17

I don't often do this but hmm
I think we have a namechanging poster with an agenda here.

BitOfFun Fri 04-Sep-09 00:53:24

What makes you say that? <intrigued>

LadyGlencoraPalliser Fri 04-Sep-09 00:56:40

Well, first post from phones, and if you do a search on SafetyFirst the only other threads they have posted on have to do with radiation, and one of them was started by a poster called Wholemeal in a very similar manner. So I reckon, rightly or wrongly, that all three posters are the same person with some sort of axe to grind. This thread doesn't read right to me, the OP seems to be feeding us lines.

BitOfFun Fri 04-Sep-09 01:14:41

Hmm, I see what you mean. The general social stuff of a phone at 8 is dodgy though, but yes, no reason to worry about cancer with moderate use.

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