The decision to get your child a cellphone is a very important one. There are many reasons why it’s a good idea and just as many reasons why it’s a bad idea.
After reading a few articles on the topic I thought I’d share my thoughts and analyze the articles.
Is Your Kid Ready for a Cellphone? (Mashable)
Questions to Ask Yourself
To make your own assessment ask yourself these questions -– if you can answer ‘yes’ to all four, the time might be right for your child to own her own phone:
1. Does your child need the phone to stay connected with you or for emergency situations?
2. Does your child understand and respect the time and usage limits you have placed on other things like television and video game playing?
3. Does your child understand what types of apps are okay to download and how to surf the Internet safely?
4. Does your child know how to use the phone safely and appropriately? Do they know who and who not to communicate with? What they should and shouldn’t share online? What sorts of words and pictures not to send?
How Old Should Your Kids Be Before They Get a Cellphone? (Choremonster)
Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004. Most teens — 85% of those aged 14 to 17 — have cell phones. So do 69% of 11-14 year olds and 31% of kids aged 8-10, according to a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
7 Best Cellphones for Kids (Mashable)
Prepaid or pay-as-you-go plans are key. In addition to major carriers, companies like Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile specialize in prepaid, no-contract plans, which are ideal (and cheap) options if you’re just looking to stay in touch.
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