My oldest is 11 years old. He has an iPod but he does not have a personal cell phone. I'm curious what age your child was when you got them their own cell phone. Or if you haven't, what age you feel your child will be ready for that responsibility. I do have a prepaid phone that I give my son if he goes to a sleepover at someone's home that I don't know as well as his very close friends. However, he doesn't have it any other time. I'm just curious what others are doing when it comes to kids and phones. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
~ Christine ~ Mom to a sweet little girl and 2 busy boys
I didn't get a cell phone until I was in 8th grade (13 years old). Even then my parents only got me one because I was involved in a lot of after school activities. It was a basic flip phone. I didn't have texting or data. It was only good for calling people. However my sister got hers when she was 10. Even to this day she is way more phone dependant than I am. I now have a 2 year old daughter and she will probably not get one until 8th grade (13/14 years old). Just my personal preference. But it all depends on the kid and how mature they are and why they would be using it.
I remember the first time I saw a kid (I think 13 years old) at the mall with a cell phone. It blew my mind that he had one. But over the years I have gotten used to the idea of allowing kids to have them, especially in the case of a parent giving their child a phone to call the parent when it's time to pick them up (or for any other reason).
But given how expensive some smart phones can be, I don't know if I can give them something that costs the price of an iphone, unless it's an older model which can be had for cheaper.
I have to realize these are different times than when I was growing up.