My dad gave my 9year old a cell phone 2 years ago. We had a problem when he figured out how to download games but my dad has had all that blocked since-gave him a real lesson in 7 yr olds(his age at the time..lol). He uses the cell phone to call long distance family members on the weekends mainly. And believe it or not he hasn't used it in weeks because he has been busy with baseball and school work. But I DO agree with all the school shootings and what not BUT the problem is they can't bring the cell phones in school so for us it doesn't serve that purpose UNFORTUNATELY!!! It would even be great in case the busses get into an accident or breakdown but all the rules negate cell phones!!