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#1 of 5 Old 04-06-2009, 12:08 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I live in Ontario, Canada and I am considering getting my son a cell phone for when he goes to day camp this summer. I just want to get him one of those kid ones but I have been looking for one (on the web) and can't seem to find one. He has bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder and I would just really feel better if he was able to get in contact with me at all times, as most camp counsellors are not well-educated in these conditions. Does anyone know of any phones available in Canada for children?

Shawna, married to Michael, mommy to Elijah 1/18/01, Olivia 11/9/02, and Eliana 1/22/06
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Before you spend the money, I would ask the camp what their policy is on cell phones. Most of the camps my kids have attended would confiscate a cell phone if they saw it out. There is also a reasonably good chance that it could be stolen.
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Before you spend the money, I would ask the camp what their policy is on cell phones. Most of the camps my kids have attended would confiscate a cell phone if they saw it out. There is also a reasonably good chance that it could be stolen.
I agree... most camps don't allow cell phones. Check with them- they may let him call you if he needs to
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I would find out what the policy is and then ask if he could carry one for those situations.
I would be concerned about the counselors letting him call if he needed.
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Assuming that the camp would allow a phone and its use, I don't think an 8 YO would need a special phone unless there is some special need. My 9 YO uses mine now and then without any problem whatsoever. Probably program your cell phone in speed dial 1 and so forth, but I don't think the kid phone is really worth the extra money.
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