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Can anyone suggest a suitable mobile phone for a 7 year old please?

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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
my sons 7th birthday is next month and he has been asking for a mobile phone for about 6 months, can anyone suggest a phone which would be suitable for his age please? not looking to spend a lot as it may get dropped , he is clever for his age and a very quick learner and loves gadgets and stuff so Id like to get one that's not too technical but does have a camera, mp3 ect. Many thanks for any suggestions x
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#1
Why would a 7 year old need a mobile? Madness I tell thee.

Edited By: greg_68 on Sep 08, 2010 13:56: .
#2
id get a cheap one from asda, my nephews nearly 11 and hes had 2 from asda nothing fancy but have cameras on, but to be honest the novelty of having one wore off after a couple of weeks and his credit ran out, hes probably not bothered with his phone for 6months.
#3
http://0.tqn.com/d/babyparenting/1/0/c/9/toymobilephone.jpg

Edited By: roryk83 on Sep 08, 2010 13:59: correction
#4
i've been sayng this for a while most of my lads mates have them and facebook accounts and all that guff - the OH wants to get him a phone for xmas - he'll be 9 next march... i ain't so sure !
#5
pink-ka
id get a cheap one from asda, my nephews nearly 11 and hes had 2 from asda nothing fancy but have cameras on, but to be honest the novelty of having one wore off after a couple of weeks and his credit ran out, hes probably not bothered with his phone for 6months.


thanks that's all I was after just a cheapy one where he can play with the camera and play music and stuff, he is really interested in gadgets and things, I'll take a look in Asda x
#6
kirsty1981
pink-ka
id get a cheap one from asda, my nephews nearly 11 and hes had 2 from asda nothing fancy but have cameras on, but to be honest the novelty of having one wore off after a couple of weeks and his credit ran out, hes probably not bothered with his phone for 6months.


thanks that's all I was after just a cheapy one where he can play with the camera and play music and stuff, he is really interested in gadgets and things, I'll take a look in Asda x


Why not just get him a cheap MP3 player and Camera? That's two gadgets for him then.
banned#7
#8
arcangel111
i've been sayng this for a while most of my lads mates have them and facebook accounts and all that guff - the OH wants to get him a phone for xmas - he'll be 9 next march... i ain't so sure !


yer a couple of his friends have phones (a year or so older than him) and it something he has just suddenly asked for. I wouldn't let him have a facebook account though, he does love going on the laptop and on his dads ipod so I think a mobile won't hurt?
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My seven year old would be gutted if he got a phone that looked like a teddy bear.
#10
Get him a cordless landline phone :)
#11
midlandscomics
kirsty1981
pink-ka
id get a cheap one from asda, my nephews nearly 11 and hes had 2 from asda nothing fancy but have cameras on, but to be honest the novelty of having one wore off after a couple of weeks and his credit ran out, hes probably not bothered with his phone for 6months.


thanks that's all I was after just a cheapy one where he can play with the camera and play music and stuff, he is really interested in gadgets and things, I'll take a look in Asda x


Why not just get him a cheap MP3 player and Camera? That's two gadgets for him then.


yer that's idea thanks, I'll have a look ta.

just wondering..... to the people who have said it's bad for him to have a mobile.... why? he is a sensible soon to be 7 year old who loves learning new things. His nanny bought him an older kids v-tech laptop for christmas which he has hardly touched because it's too babyish for him. Just curious why it'd be so bad for him to have a mobile? x
#12
midlandscomics


My seven year old would be gutted if he got a phone that looked like a teddy bear.


exactly lol x
#13
who would he call and text!? If he's nearly 7 then the likelihood is that he'll try and bring it to school and get it confiscated - or out and about and he'll lose it. My stepson who is 8 (nearly 9) wants one and I've held off. There is no need and is purely a novelty.

Obviously just my opinion but if there is no real need for it, then you shouldnt. I didnt get a mobile until I was 13 when I had a paper-round as thats a genuine reason to have one but again your call.

If he likes gadgets, how about an ipod touch or something? Games and music?
#14
Surely reasons for a 7 year old to not have a phone are pretty obvious.
#15
mhh1981
who would he call and text!? If he's nearly 7 then the likelihood is that he'll try and bring it to school and get it confiscated - or out and about and he'll lose it. My stepson who is 8 (nearly 9) wants one and I've held off. There is no need and is purely a novelty.

Obviously just my opinion but if there is no real need for it, then you shouldnt. I didnt get a mobile until I was 13 when I had a paper-round as thats a genuine reason to have one but again your call.

If he likes gadgets, how about an ipod touch or something? Games and music?


he is very sensible, he wouldn't try to take it to school... his friends often take their ds lites to school but he won't because his words are.... it might get lost or broken! he has a couple of friends who have mobiles who he'd like to learn to text aswell as cousins and family members.
He has been saving up his tooth fairy money to get one. he often plays with his dads ipod touch but I think that's too expensive to buy him one for himself at his age x
1 Like #16
Like I said, its down to you. If you think he is ready for one then you can make the choice! Besides, we've deviated a little from your original topic so here's some links to some cheap/good phones:

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/vodafone-340-pay-as-you-go-mobile-phone-03933451-pdt.html?srcid=867&xtor=AL-50

http://www.prepaymania.co.uk/mobilephone/samsung-c300-orange-payg.html?base
#17
mhh1981
Like I said, its down to you. If you think he is ready for one then you can make the choice! Besides, we've deviated a little from your original topic so here's some links to some cheap/good phones:


http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/vodafone-340-pay-as-you-go-mobile-phone-03933451-pdt.html?srcid=867&xtor=AL-50



http://www.prepaymania.co.uk/mobilephone/samsung-c300-orange-payg.html?base


thanks ever so much that's exactly the sort of price range I was looking at, really appreciate your help and comments, I understand that some people think it's a bad idea. thanks again x
#18
My son whos also 7 has been begging for one for a while but I have held off for now. I'm interested to see the replies to this as I think my son is too young.... even though he is a mature 7yr old.
#19
Shellywelly
My son whos also 7 has been begging for one for a while but I have held off for now. I'm interested to see the replies to this as I think my son is too young.... even though he is a mature 7yr old.


I have also held off until now, but my son is very grown up for his age too and this something he has seriously wanted for at least 6 months but has talked about for a lot longer. He is very sensible and clever and said to me the other day that "Blackberrys are good phones but I'm way too young for one of them" so he looked through the Argos book and pointed out a couple of a lot cheaper ones and said "they'd be better"
I was looking to spend between £10 and £20 on a basic phone with a camera and mp3 player. Let me know what you decide to do, I'm suddenly feeling like I'm making some sort of horrendous mistake which is going to wreck my sons life?????

he hardly plays with kids toys, he is more into drawing, writing, riding his bike or playing on the ipod touch or laptop and occasionally he'll build things with lego.

would appreciate hearing what you end up doing... he's got 5/6 weeks till his birthday x
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linky - any of these ??
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Edited By: chesso on Sep 08, 2010 14:56: ............
#21
chesso
linky - any of these ??
don't forget £7.50 cashback
any network is available.


they're perfect! thanks x x
#22
First time i got a phone was a year ago, and I'm nearing 18 now, not saying you should wait another 10years for him but i know for a fact my friends basically use there phone to live their life, and without one they would instantly be lost, but i don't see a phone as a necessity for life and even if i was 16 there was a novelty for the few weeks and usage went down to normal amounts, nothing excessive like my mates use it for stupid questions like hey whats up repeatedly hourly/daily to stupid amounts of people. Main difference is my friends all had phones from like when they were 10, and over time it just embedded as part of their life, my two cents here being, leave off getting him one for a couple years, there's no real emergency in which he will need a phone, if he going to leave it at home all day in case it breaks then there is clearly no need since well I'm sure you don't leave him alone at home at 7 right? Sure you may think it's a cheapy phone on payg what's the worst he can do, but it just opens him up to a pointless time waste (like my friends do) from a very early age. Hindsight i can clearly see why my parents made me wait so long but i would defintely agree they went a bit too far to wait until i was 16
#23
I'd be worried about older kids nicking it off him or something.

My nephew is 7,i can't imagine him texting anyone lol
2 Likes #24
People judging a parent due to one question - You are all scum, period.

If he really wants a phone, and I know what it's like because little kids love phones to muck around on and mainly just play with the camera or the games on it.
banned 1 Like #25
Hu it's not about a 7 year old being mature it's about the thickness of their skull. All SAR tests have been done on adults, government recommendation is for children under 16 to minimise use.

Children absorb more radiation than adults.

http://www.childalert.co.uk/article.php?articles_id=422
banned#26
It's ridiculous to give a child a mobile phone. It's just my opinion of course but it's weak (or stupid) parents who give in to their child's nagging which then makes it harder for other parents to say no when their kids pull out the old "well all my friends have one". It's not great being the bad guy when the child doesn't understand why some kids are allowed and they're not.
1 Like #27
lumoruk
Hu it's not about a 7 year old being mature it's about the thickness of their skull. All SAR tests have been done on adults, government recommendation is for children under 16 to minimise use.

Children absorb more radiation than adults.

http://www.childalert.co.uk/article.php?articles_id=422


And you better lock your child in a cage, feed them soup because they might choke to death, make them wear a helmet when they go for a walk down the park, don't let them touch other humans or they might catch an infection or illness, soak them in a hot bath every hour or they might get too dirty, don't let them play in the garden because of all the bacteria etc.

If the kid wants a phone, get them a phone, they won't speak to anyone on it, you could just not add any credit to it. They will use it because they see their parents use it all the time, it's a copycat thing too.

Edited By: Wotwot123 on Sep 08, 2010 16:55: :D
banned 1 Like #28
just get one of the cheap mobiles that they sell for £9.99 in phones4you or carphonewarehouse
1 Like #29
Right I've read everyone's comments and I appreciate the helpful none insulting ones, to be honest I was going to get the phone for him with the intention of him to use the camera mp3 and games on it I hadn't really expected him to make any calls on it, his dad and I have chatted and decided to wait till he's a lot older, until he will be wanting to use it for phone calls too. Instead we are going to buy him some cigarettes and a lighter (joke) I only posted on here asking advice I didn't ask to be called a bad parent!!
I'd like to thank all the people that were helpful even those who didn't agree with me, it's helped his dad and I decide, and to those who were rude and insulting..... stuff ya!
#30
kirsty1981
Right I've read everyone's comments and I appreciate the helpful none insulting ones, to be honest I was going to get the phone for him with the intention of him to use the camera mp3 and games on it I hadn't really expected him to make any calls on it, his dad and I have chatted and decided to wait till he's a lot older, until he will be wanting to use it for phone calls too. Instead we are going to buy him some cigarettes and a lighter (joke) I only posted on here asking advice I didn't ask to be called a bad parent!!
I'd like to thank all the people that were helpful even those who didn't agree with me, it's helped his dad and I decide, and to those who were rude and insulting..... stuff ya!


People are just disappointed with their worthless lives on here, any time they can bash someone asking a general question about a life that is better than theres they get a bit touchy.

;)
banned#31
Wotwot123
And you better lock your child in a cage, feed them soup because they might choke to death, make them wear a helmet when they go for a walk down the park, don't let them touch other humans or they might catch an infection or illness, soak them in a hot bath every hour or they might get too dirty, don't let them play in the garden because of all the bacteria etc.


Hum we evolved to get dirty and touch people, swing from trees...our bodies are designed to repair themselves to any infections, illnesses and injuries. They aren't however self repairing when radiation from a man made source is used on it.
#32
its not a mobile, but something to help you decide if you havent already

http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/pages/mobile-phones-for-kids/

i would say that you should only get him a mobile if he needs it e.g. he goes out by himself/travels by himself.

i was like him and was very mature, however when i was young mobiles were very expensive and very primitive, but i would get him a basic model just so it doesnt attract attention from older kids who would be likely to take it off him. And re-iterate that he shouldnt be showing it off and only get it out when necessary.
#34


Dont go near this phone !! i made the mistake of getting my 10 yr old daughter one and its a bit erm...........................poo ! as in the touchscreen is so unresponsive and battery life is cr8p also , its just sitting here doing nothing and she has gone back to her old lg phone !


Btw , the only reason my 10 yr old daughter has a mobile is ......... we have a chalet in a private /members only campsite that the kids have a bit more freedom but we do like her to have a mobile on her , just in case !!!, dont know why really as its all enclosed secure and safe etc , mind you she does use her phone more for the mp3 and camera side tbh !

Edited By: shopstilldrops on Sep 08, 2010 21:23: ??
#35
There is no way I would let my 8 year old have a mobile
#36
My son is 8 next month, he is into his gadgets, but a phone, no way, he is still a baby he does not need a phone, am I being really horrible denying him oO
#37
No Tinks...its too young at this age. I agree
#38
Don't worry about what vibeone says. He appears to abuse everyone and is extremely childish.
Anyway I don't really think it is appropriate to give a 7 year old a mobile. I had mine when I was 16. I think it will cause problems. He prob wont have anyone to ring anyway lol
1 Like #39
I got my first phone when I was like 11, but that was only because I was travelling to school on my own on trains etc. and I had to buy it myself, buying one just because your kid wants one is stupid, and a health risk.
#40
dcx_badass
I got my first phone when I was like 11, but that was only because I was travelling to school on my own on trains etc. and I had to buy it myself, buying one just because your kid wants one is stupid, and a health risk.


lol my 11yr old got his first proper mobile phone 2 weeks ago because he is now getting the bus home from school! The minute the clock chimes 3pm am calling him! For first 3/4 days I spoke to him the whole of his bus journey (ten mins) now am bit more relaxed. They are a godsend for things like that!

btw Dcx - still want ur help with u know what!!

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