First things first… this conversation is not based on the lastest oh-my-gosh-can-you-believe-it-STUDY, but instead on a conversation with AT&T employees who sell the darn devices. So, there aren’t any stats like 50% of parents are doing it…. or 25% of all cell phones sold to kids go to those under 10.
This is strictly my local AT&T store employees telling me they “regularly” sell to parents who buy for their 5 year olds. This isn’t a, “this one time I sold to parent who bought one for their 5 year old…” It is something they see often.
Five? FIVE? I mean, we told our seven year old there wasn’t a chance when she asked this past Christmas. And I will tell her the same thing this next year. Who are kids this age possibly going to call? And before you raise your hand and say ‘me… their mom’… I would like to know WHEN my seven year old daughter will be alone and might NEED to call me. Also? And this may be me, but I often have a hard time getting my daughter to take good care of her backpack and shoes…. so how might an expensive item like a cell phone fare? We figure 12 might be a good age. Felow Babble writer Wendy Michaels decided 10 was a good age for her son.
So this all begs the question…. Many of us allow our kids to use technology (I am one of those moms)… but at what age does a cell phone seem reasonable? And if you have allowed a phone into your small person’s hands at an early age, what was the motivation?
Photo Credit: Michal Marcal
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