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The Scoop's Cell Phone Survey
Article and survey by Isabel and Aria
When did you get your first cell phone? Aria and I found that kids think very differently about phones than adults do. We talked to some adults and here is what they said:
• Phones are nice for emergencies, but not for playing with. They said that only responsible and mature kids should get a phone, because they could use them correctly (only for emergencies).
• They said kids should get a phone at about 10 years old. Maturity would be really important, even if they were as old as 15. It would be really important because if they texted while driving , it would be bad. Not only because it is illegal, but they could get hurt.
This is a cell phone pros and cons list we made after talking to some interns at MITY. Since they are college-age, they have a lot of experience with cell phones. Here's what they say. Cell phones are:
• Useful in emergencies.
• Should be a basic phone model--not a smart phone--until high school or college,
• Should not have texting plans until 7th or 8th grade because it is distracting and can be dangerous.
• Best if they are used for communicating with home and family, not friends.
• Require maturity so kids don't waste time or take risks talking to people they don't know, or who are sketchy.
• Terrible if used to text while driving. It is illegal and bad.
• Handy, especially if you have to go off on your own.Not to be used in school during class.
• Best when used only when necessary.
• OK, starting even at age 10 if you follow these guidelines.
After that, we also did a survey asking kids about phones. We gave them little slips of paper asking them if they had phones or not. If they had a phone, we asked them when they got one. If they didn't, we asked them if they wanted one or not. This is what we found:
• We asked 50 kids: 22 said they had one and 28 said they did not have one.
- Out of the ones who did not have one, 26/28 wanted one and 2/28 did not want one.
- Out of the kids who had one, 2 kids got their phones when they were 8.
- Six kids got their phones when they were 9. Eight kids got their phones when they were 10 years old. Four kids got their phones when they were 11, and 2 kids got their phones when they were 12.
In conclusion, we found that 10 years old is the age for phones nowadays, but it depends on how mature they are. We were very surprised that most people got a cell phone at about 10 years old. We thought that most people get cell phones at around 12 years old.