Is A Cell Phone On Your Child's Christmas List?

Audrie Dugger 9 years ago

At first, the notion of giving your seven-year-old a cell phone seems silly. But look closer, it actually might be a good idea.

Of course, you don't want to give Junior a phone with the same functionality as the one you carry, but wouldn't it be great to keep track of your kids all day long?

These gadget makers seem to be marketing not only to convenience, but to the greatest fear of every parent. Most of them don't come right out and say it, but they give you enough information to make you think it on your own. What if Junior is snatched on his way home from school? What if his estranged father picks him up from school and you never see him again?

Those scenarios are rare, but possible.

There is more benefit to these devices than being able to keep track of your kid. There is also convenience. They can call you if soccer practice is running late, or if they've forgotten their homework. You can call them if you are stuck in traffic -- or if you need them to catch a ride home with the neighbor.

So now that you are sold on the benefits of your child owning a cell phone, which one should you get?

You have a few choices:

The Firefly
For your 8 to 12-year-old
Firefly

  • Mom and Dad dialing keys
  • Up to 20 programmable numbers
  • 850/1900 MHz - Dual-band compatibility
  • Incoming and outgoing call restrictions
  • Caller ID
  • Personalize: Color lights, animations and ring tones
  • Special 911 button
  • Interchangeable translucent shells
  • 12 fun ringtones
  • 7 screen colors
  • 5 animations
  • 96 x 32 pixel display with 7-color backlight

Available in Canada with Rogers Wireless and in the US with Cingular Wireless.

iKidsiKids GPS phone
Available only in Holland

This phone isn't available yet in North America, but it is worth mentioning, mostly because the phone's GPS tracker works even when the phone is off.

The device isn't really a phone -- it's more of a glorified walkie-talkie.
For 4 to 8-year-olds

  • Dials four pre-programmed numbers
  • Has three programmable "safe areas". If a child wanders out of the area, a text message is sent to the parent.
  • Location of child can be viewed on virtual map

Teddy PhoneBuddy Bear Phone
For 4 to 8-year-olds
Available only in Holland

This phone is available by the same company that sells the iKids phone, and is also only available in Holland, for now. I'm sure you can get one on Ebay, if you really want one.

  • Can dial four pre-programmed numbers
  • Has lowest SAR rating, and is paint free
  • No screen = durable
  • SOS button sends text message to parent


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  • h i 7 years ago

    i like firefly not the others.........pie

  • Anonymus_72570 6 years ago

    The firefly's seem very efficient, all sound good. The buddy bear phone looks a little bit big

  • Martha_61648 6 years ago

    This firefly phone is worth it. Plus, it has a cute color and kids love it. You could get this cellphone for the cheapest price!

  • Courtney_73606 5 years ago

    well i'm 8 and i have a better phone than that!that phone is pathetic!!!!!

  • Anonymus_12961 4 years ago

    the firefly looks cool

  • GossipGirl123 4 years ago

    Im 11 and all these phones are a peace of crap I have the LG Keybo 2 for telus and its more likely kids are ganna wanna be seen with the Lg Keybo then the friggen firefly and the rest its pathetic and crappy

  • Vivia 4 years ago

    Not that its bad but alot of ppl are saying that firefly is bad.I think teddy bear is childish and i swear at first i thought it was a figurine.firefly is ok.like the new glophone is.not the old beat one. I wonder when my fricking dad will know when i should get a phone..... im 11 btw.

  • Bumble bee 4 years ago

    I dont get why kids should have cell phones?!?! its insain! ppl dont wants us teenagers to have a cell bc its distracts us from school and that BUT YOU WANT A 4 YEAR OLD TO HAVE ONE!?!?! Like Wooooooow, that doesnt make sense!!! >.<

  • Meshiichan 4 years ago

    LOL, Buddy Bear Phone seems awesome. I don't have a cell yet, but I don't think I'm gonna get any of those. But still, Buddy Bear Phone = EPIC. I'm twelve years old, and wishing for a cell phone.

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