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Old 01-16-2009, 07:53 AM   #16
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My understanding is that an excess of spare times leads to religiosity, not sexting. . .
I was going to say masturbation, but that would be inappropriate.
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #18
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My understanding is that an excess of spare times leads to religiosity, not sexting. . .


Or knitting

I saw some kid on the news who had a serious texting addiction, she even texts her best friend when they're sitting right next to each other. Kids and teens should not have unlimited cell phone access.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:04 AM   #19
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Or knitting

I saw some kid on the news who had a serious texting addiction, she even texts her best friend when they're sitting right next to each other. Kids and teens should not have unlimited cell phone access.
put the silly kids on a prepay plan they have to pay for themselves.

that'll cut down their phone use.

trust me, i've always been on prepay and i barely touch the fucking thing.
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cuz you don't have kids
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:35 AM   #21
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I saw some kid on the news who had a serious texting addiction, she even texts her best friend when they're sitting right next to each other. Kids and teens should not have unlimited cell phone access.
They text when they're sitting next to each other for privacy reasons. I see kids text each other all the time in my backseat, it makes me laugh. They don't want me to hear what they're saying, so they text. We used to pass notes. They do it electronically. I don't really think it's a matter of addiction, it's just faster and more convenient than a pencil and paper. Not much has changed other than the technology.

I have no problem with teens having unlimited access. To me, it's no different than when I spent all afternoon and evening as a teenager on a regular phone. They need the unlimited access so I can reach them at all times and not have to worry about anyone running out of minutes. As a parent, I cannot imagine a teenager not having a cell phone, just for safety reasons alone.
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Not much has changed other than the technology.
And the cost! That's the issue for me. I am a married, working adult and even *I* don't have unlimited access on my own phone, nor to I text besides SMS I get from automated processes at work (if someone texts me I e-mail them back on my computer b/c it's free). I guess if I had a teen right now I'd probably give them a pay-as-you-go phone and I would pay for enough minutes per month that would cover the child calling me and telling me in two minutes or less what s/he is up to. Anything else, the kid can get a job walking dogs or delivering papers or whatever if that's what they want to spend money on. I don't have a problem with teens having phones but let's be real, the majority are not using their phones just for emergencies and calling their parents. When I was a teen I was rarely home, but I never had a cell phone and still always let my parents know where I was going, who I was with, and when they could expect me home. I didn't *need* to spend hundreds on phones and plans in order to be responsible and accountable to my parents. That goes both ways, too. I think teens need some space to do school, work, be with friends or whatever and not have parents checking in on them 24/7. I think it's more that 'all the other kids have phones so....'
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trust me, i've always been on prepay and i barely touch the fucking thing.
That and you've no friends.
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That and you've no friends.
i was hoping nobody would point that out.
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i was hoping nobody would point that out.
I was raised by wolves. I can speak to them.
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so you've no friends either?
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I was going to say masturbation, but that would be inappropriate.
though perhaps more accurate. . .
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I guess if I had a teen right now I'd probably give them a pay-as-you-go phone and I would pay for enough minutes per month that would cover the child calling me and telling me in two minutes or less what s/he is up to. Anything else, the kid can get a job walking dogs or delivering papers or whatever if that's what they want to spend money on. I don't have a problem with teens having phones but let's be real, the majority are not using their phones just for emergencies and calling their parents. When I was a teen I was rarely home, but I never had a cell phone and still always let my parents know where I was going, who I was with, and when they could expect me home. I didn't *need* to spend hundreds on phones and plans in order to be responsible and accountable to my parents. That goes both ways, too. I think teens need some space to do school, work, be with friends or whatever and not have parents checking in on them 24/7. I think it's more that 'all the other kids have phones so....'
My Family Plan cell bill only runs about $100-$140 a month.

I think everyone remembers being a teenager and spending hours on the phone - it was just a different kind of phone. I would never (in a million years!) expect my child to go get a job to pay for a phone. Kids have enough to deal with - school, homework, sports, etc. Why not let teens live a little? Life's gonna be hard enough later. So many times I hear how kids shouldn't have this, and kids shouldn't have that, but no one can ever really tell me why they shouldn't. In my opinion, as long as they are doing well in school and are responsible with their chores, etc etc, there's no reason why they shouldn't have cell phones.

I agree that parents don't need to check in "24/7" but kids DO need to be checked up on - and quite often. That's where cell phones come in. If they want to spend the rest of their free time gabbing on it and texting, who cares?
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:16 AM   #30
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Some teens do it as a joke.

For others, it's the new bold pickup line to get a date.

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It's no different from two 15 year olds from the 70s or the 80s hooking up at a disco/prom, sneaking in some booze, getting pissed, and then having a root in a bush afterwards.

If we're gonna introduce all these new technologies, we've gotta accept that the acts of flirting, intercourse and dating are gonna happen in more convenient and less traditional ways then what we're used to.

Bit of a storm in a tea cup. Any arrests are pretty unnecessary.
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