Purchasing a cell phone for your child is one of those topics that is individual for each and every family. Sure, there are lots of voices saying, “Your kid is too young!” or, “Why does a 10-year-old need a cell phone? We didn’t have cell phones when we grew up!” — just let those voices be voices. Everyone is entitled to raise their child as they wish, and perhaps you are considering buying your child a cell phone.
We recently went through this with our family. Our 2 older kids — 8 and 10 years old — are at a new charter school this year, which is a bit of a drive from the house. On top of that, they are in sports, church, and various other activities, which has me running all over the metroplex. This is a total about-face from our previous life in another town.
After much talk, we decided to get our daughter a cell phone. This is more for giving us peace of mind that she is okay, and a direct line to her. We have already found it handy when we were running late the other day, and then this past weekend when we got lost in the store.
Before we bought the phone, there are several things we took into consideration. Here are 7 questions to ask yourself before purchasing a cell phone for your child.
Again, I believe that to each their own when deciding if their child should own a cell phone. For us, we are happy with the decision we have made, and have set strict boundaries with a cell phone contract. The phone for our daughter is a privilege, not a toy.
What Are Your Thoughts on Kids and Cell Phones?