TEEN AGED CELL PHONES
by Caryl Harvey
that isn't quite what I mean. of course, I mean cell phones used by teen agers.
I'm ag'in it
The 16 year old foster daughter came with one. The minutes ran out, and the phone was
her mother's anyway. She wanted one of her own.
She said she'd pay for it.
DSS said "no contracts."
She said that was fine, she'd do a pre-pay plan.
The saleslady at the phone company said I needed to sign a form allowing her to put minutes
on a phone. She said if the girl went over her pre-paid minutes they would shut the phone off.
"It's not a contract," she said. I think I heard those lines in a play called "The Devil
and Daniel Webster." Not a contract, you understand. YOU won't be liable for
anything, Mr. Webster. All you risk is your immortal soul. nya ha ha ha ha ha ha
Last week I got a bill for her phone. $198. I fought it and won. Unlike another famous
quote that comes to mind. "I fought the law and the law won..."
THEN THE KID ADMITS she knew all along that she was over and decided
to go on using the phone.
She stole minutes from the phone company. I helped her. I am a criminal. I deserve to
How did I grow up without a cell phone? I guess I'm lucky. I mean, if something occured
to me that I just had to tell my best friend, I had to wait until the end of class. No Text Messages! What if I had forgotten?
And what if I wanted to go to somebody's house after school and I couldn't just
call my mom while she was in the dentist chair and ask her? I might not have been able to go! ( Hey mom, I know you're in
the dentist chair and everything but Molly wants me to spend the night at her house and I know my room isn't clean or anything
and I have a ton of homework and everything and I'm still grounded for breaking my curfew last weekend, but can I go?
mmftgrp splikter xseh$&net grp Okay.
Thanks, Mom. See you tomorrow! )
Teens are just not compatible with cell phones. It's in their genes. (Unless they have
one of those cute carriers.) Teens are creatures of impulse and poor judgement. That's what gives us parents job security.
My local cell company tells me most kids are on family plans with their parents. You know...they
get 995 minutes per month and their folks split the remaining five minutes. ( After all, what would adults have to talk about
on their cells?)
My granddaughter was given a cell phone. In one day, she sent out almost 100 text messages. Would an adult
have done that? Okay, I admit that it IS kind of fun. And I would probably text more if I could get the phone to stop putting
the letters in reverse. But I wouldn't send out 100 messages a day. And then, there were the calls that my granddaughter made,
When did she find the time to dial?
Our local high school policy says that if a child is caught texting in class, his phone will be confiscated.
So they text between classes, and at lunch, and after school and at bathroom breaks. I understand the last one. I mean, have
you ever had a phone call from someone and suddenly you hear the sound of a toilet flushing and you know you've been sitting
in the john with them all the time? Yuck. But I've seen kids sitting across from one another at the lunch room texting each
And it isn't just teens that have the phones. I went to a highschool b-ball game the other night. A bunch
of first-graders were sitting together giggling over pictures one of them had taken on her camera phone. But three of the
five kids there had cell phones. FIRST GRADERS. What happened to Barbie Dolls?
say my opponents in the debate, what about Disney? Disney thinks it's a good idea, otherwise why would they come up with those
cute phones which only dial home and one or two friends and 911? I'll tell you why in two words. MONEY. Oh, wait. That's only
one word. Okay then. MONEY MONEY. They sell phones for six-year-olds because we parents buy them. And in some instances, parents
probably have good motives for giving kids call phones. At the ball game, parents were ringing up their kids to
tell them when they were leaving to let the kids know to meet them at the door. I'm from an older generation, I guess,
but i believe a six-year-old isn't old enough to be sitting far enough away from his parents that they have to call him to
tell him they're leaving. I believe you should just be able to tap him on the shoulder and tell him to get his coat.
what about the phone with the smart chips in them to let parents track where their progeny have been? The key word here is
"smart." I don't know a kid anywhere who wouldn't have THAT ONE figured out in three minutes.
just use it to keep track of my child," one woman told me. "I call her to make sure she's where she said she would
Maybe she's right. And--by the way--I'd like you to know I'm writing this from a stateroom
at the top of the Trump hotel in Vegas. If you don't believe me, just call my cell.