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    • MSE Sam M
    • By MSE Sam M 27th Sep 16, 11:59 AM
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    MoneySaving Poll: At what age should kids be given their own mobile?
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    • 27th Sep 16, 11:59 AM
    MoneySaving Poll: At what age should kids be given their own mobile? 27th Sep 16 at 11:59 AM
    Poll started 27 September 2016

    At what age should kids be given their own mobile?

    Times are a-changing and what was once a novelty is now commonplace.

    Of course it depends on the child, but we want to know what age you think is acceptable for a child to have their first mobile phone.

    Perhaps you think they're a tool that allows kids more freedom. Or are they just another digital distraction?

    So how old do you think they should be before they get one?



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    Last edited by MSE Sam M; 27-09-2016 at 12:55 PM. Reason: Question title tweak
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    • Queen.For.A.Day
    • By Queen.For.A.Day 1st Oct 16, 10:23 AM
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    Because kids were never exposed to porn or !!!!!philes before mobile phones?
    Because there was no bullying or muggings before mobile phones?
    So, let's make it easier?

    I didn't say that, and you know it.

    No mobile phone at secondary age would put a child more at risk of bullying, and it also gives them a means of getting help if they are in danger.
    If no child had a mobile phone, then bullying by that route would be eliminated.
    Wow, lots of space here!
    • Queen.For.A.Day
    • By Queen.For.A.Day 1st Oct 16, 10:36 AM
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    I don't believe children should have mobile phone or indeed, unsupervised access to the Internet.
    Allow me to quote from my original post, which you quoted but apparently didn't read.
    No child should have unsupervised access to the internet outside of school.
    They will know how to use the net.
    I saw my first hardcore porn film on my friends computer by the age of 12. Trust me, my parents could have done nothing to prevent that.
    But if that child, like you, had no unsupervised access to the internet, the chances of being able to see a hardcore film would be reduced.
    A pedophile could live around the corner and target my child.
    And millions of !!!!!philes are on the net, trawling social media, sharing tips as to how to groom your child if they meet them online.

    I don't see the mugging bit an issue
    Generally, crime has been falling this century.

    The exception is mugging which rose with the increase in mobile phone ownership. Children bore the brunt of that increase.
    Wow, lots of space here!
    • Queen.For.A.Day
    • By Queen.For.A.Day 1st Oct 16, 10:42 AM
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    I would like to see some common sense instilled in children
    The trouble is, it can't.

    Children, by definition, don't have the experience to deal with the dangers that a mobile phone brings.

    That's why teenage girls are persuaded to take photos of themselves naked to send to other people.

    That's why teenagers travel to meet !!!!!philes they've met on the net.

    That's why teenage boys regard and behave towards teenage girls with attitudes warped by hardcore pornography.
    Wow, lots of space here!
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 15th Oct 16, 3:14 PM
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    My Sister give my nephew one on his 9th birthday - this is the age is now allowed to go out his own with his friends.
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    • By cjdavies 15th Oct 16, 3:23 PM
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    I'm amazed some people are voting "Five or under".

    I voted "17+" as I don't believe children should have mobile phone or indeed, unsupervised access to the Internet.

    Parents: Do you want your child to have access to hardcore pornography?

    If so, give them a mobile phone.
    Originally posted by Queen.For.A.Day
    At 16 you can have sex legally.

    Parent settings.

    Besides when I was younger (34 now), there was top shelf
    Last edited by cjdavies; 15-10-2016 at 3:25 PM.
    • Queen.For.A.Day
    • By Queen.For.A.Day 16th Oct 16, 8:02 AM
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    At 16 you can have sex legally.
    Originally posted by cjdavies
    Would you be happy for your 16yo daughter to have sex with a 56yo man?
    Parent settings.
    Not insurmountable.

    Besides when I was younger (34 now), there was top shelf
    Did those top shelf mags feature videos of rape or torture?
    Did they target you or bully you to create porn using your own body?

    That is the reality for many teenage girls.

    Teenage boys have seen lots of hardcore porn and its changed their attitude to their female schoolmates.
    Wow, lots of space here!
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