This morning, Jeff and I sat down to a “slide” presentation of why our eleven/almost twelve year old needs a phone. She shared with us a plethora of information (she did her research) about why it is time for her to have a phone. Most of her friends have a cell phone, and she uses the classic argument, “But my friends all have one,” to which I tend to reply, “But I’m not their mom.”
So, once again I am at a crossroads. While there are many good reasons for getting her a phone, I have some hesitations. Most of the research suggests that most parents think kids should have a phone between the ages of 10 and 12. I’m curious. At what age do you think it is appropriate for a child to have a phone and what led you to that decision? What safeguards do you recommend to help a tween practice cell phone safety?
I must say, Jorjanne’s morning presentation was pretty convincing…we’ve got some serious thinking to do!