Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cars, Cell Phones and Kids

When did it become automatic that a sixteen year old gets his/her very own car? And, why do many people seem to think that their children (not just teenagers, I've seen 10 and 11 year old kids with them) need cell phones?

Driving is not a right. It is, in fact, a privilege. From my point of view, privileges have to be earned. Before you can jump in to your very own ride, you have to pay your dues. And those dues are paid, by driving Mom and Dad's car for a couple of years and proving that you can be a responsible driver. Right?

Driving is not a joke and it certainly isn't something to be taken for granted or taken lightly. Irresponsible driving can have serious consequences. We are, after all, talking about something that weighs in at a show stopping 2000 pounds. Dare I say, that that has the capability of ruining somebodies day.

Cell phones, on the other hand, is just common sense. Although, they often resemble it. They are not ,in fact, toys. What business does a 10 or 11 year old boy or girl have with a cell phone? I can't really think of a reason that a teenager needs one either. But, at 10 or 11, you have got to be kidding me. Does it become automatic because it is the latest and greatest thing? NO. At least, not to my way of thinking anyway.

Flatulent Fuzz

1 comment:

Call Me Mom said...

Cell phones are sold to parents as a safety measure. Apparently we, as parents are incapable of teaching our children how to handle themselves without having access to us for one single minute of the day.

I was in Radio Shack, not too long ago, and was on the fringes of a sales spiel for a cell phone. When the salesman was finished with his spiel, he turned to me and said what kind of cell phone do you have? When I said I didn't have one, I was asked what I would do if I was stranded on the side of the road. When I said I would have to rely on my own good sense and the resources at hand, one of the onlookers demanded to know what if I had a child in the car? When I said, with proper planning, that shouldn't be a problem, I recieved looks that said I was clearly out of my mind and there were several comments about how that might be considered child abuse.

A little MSM brainwashing mixed with peer pressure and, viola!, we have children with cell phones!

As for driving, my son has to open my car door for me if he wants to drive and he pays for his own gas.(He has to open ordinary doors for me anyway and I thought this was a good way to start the practice for car doors.) (He was supposed to pay a percentage of the insurance cost too, but Dad said he'd rather the boy put his money towards saving for college.)