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People see kids that have things like Ipads, Blackberrys and other electronics and call them spoiled. But if you think about it, having things like a tablet or a smartphone are becoming less and less toys and more actual tools. I'm sure when someone first invented paper and the pencil people regarded it as nothing more than a toy, and young people who had one were probably called spoiled. The same is happening now with smart phones and tablets. amirite?

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Paper was never considered a toy...

@HopeImrite Paper was never considered a toy...

Maybe it was. Were you there in ancient China or Egypt when they invented it?

jugglers avatar juggler Yeah You Are -7Reply
@juggler Maybe it was. Were you there in ancient China or Egypt when they invented it?

Maybe it wasn't. Were you there in ancient China or Egypt when they invented it?

You can't make these assumptions about ancient creations. They had different norms, beliefs, and morals than we have today. Way different.

Right, using them as a tool to help them play angry birds

Anonymous +13Reply

Wait...so because these things are less like toys and more like tools, it's okay for little kids to have them?

This post is rather backwards.

boxtops avatar boxtop No Way +11Reply

How can you even compare Blackberrys and iPods to paper and pencils?

dzukacs avatar dzukac No Way +10Reply

I agree with this post, just not the paper and pen part. I think a child should have a cellphone when they start going out without their parents. Something could happen to them, and if all their friends' parents agreed with this rule of "not letting your 10-13 year old having a phone" then it would take a heck of a lot longer trying to reach their parents when they needed them. And, if they paid for it themselves, or if they really earned it, then i think they'd deserve a higher quality phone/smartphone.

Anonymous +5Reply

What the hell does a kid in middle school need a smart phone for?

@OhSnapWord What the hell does a kid in middle school need a smart phone for?

I agree that 6 year olds and 10 year olds don't need smart phones, but when someone's fucking 13 they're mature enough to own a smart phone. I'm sure if you were 13 now, you would get pissed about everyone treating you like you're still a kid and can't own a smartphone, and I'm sure you wouldn't go ahead thinking: "oh I'm only 13 I don't need a phone, I should just go vintage and watch some old cartoons cause that's what '90s kids' used to do my age". No just NO. And before you start accusing me of being 13 myself, I'm actually 17.

Anonymous +11Reply
@I agree that 6 year olds and 10 year olds don't need smart phones, but when someone's fucking 13 they're mature...

I could see the benefit of a kid having a smartphone though. Install a hidden GPS tracker this way you always know where your kid is. God forbid something happens, you can find him or her.

I think that tablets are the most useless things in the world. But I like the premise of the post :)

Dwights avatar Dwight No Way +1Reply

You started off going somewhere I disagreed with, but could respect. Then you brought out the pencil and paper thing and that's just stupid.

tl;dr

Anonymous -1Reply

Having a smartphone in middle school can be very helpful. For one thing, everyone at my school was given Google accounts associated with our school. They often use E-mail as a way of communicating with the students. Also, Google Docs is accessible on a smartphone, which can be really helpful if you can't get to a computer but need something typed. Heck, even note-taking is easier on a smartphone. It's much faster.

I'm not saying its necessary for a middle schooler to have a smartphone, but it can definitely be helpful.

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