Our young generation of folks need to have the latest phone or gadget when it is released. Some parents cannot keep up with them all, from price to model, it’s all over the place. They may ask us for the newest tablet, or the latest iPhone, but we never want to spend so much money on a device reasons being, they might not deserve it, grades could be low, money can be low etc. There are many excuses we can give them when they ask for any kind of electronic device.
One thing to keep in mind is the the importance of staying in contact with them when they are in school or out with friends. What is the proper age to let your child have a cellphone? And what is it as a parent we tend to worry about when they do have one? Imagine one day your child is home and is old enough to be on his or her own. Now if for whatever reason the plumbing in the house goes whacky, how will your child be able to contact you if there is no home phone.
I’m a parent and I have been around enough parents to understand that we all have different views on when to give our child the responsibility of a mobile phone. The line has to been drawn somewhere and the leash needs to be loosened. Some folks think the worst, but I think the best, if I need my kid to call me in case of an emergency they will have a phone.
As parents we are different how we handle our kids, and many households are different with single parents, parents that are together etc. Naturally parents always worry their children when they leave for school, or when they step out with friends. We want to stay in contact with them all the time to make sure they are ok, and nobody is bothering them. Parents tend to worry a lot about their children, but when should my daughter have her own phone?
My daughter is 7 years old and knows how to use a cellphone, knows the important numbers to call when something is wrong. But I am still holding back on getting her phone due to the lack of responsibility. Plus, I am afraid she will lose it, or break it, or someone will steal it from her when she is on her school bus. Thoughts may run through my head when it comes to this subject, that is why I am holding back on the idea for now. I really think we don’t know the proper age for our children to have their own cell phone, every parent is different.
I as a parent think that 9 or 10 years old is old enough to have their own cell phone. Remember this is my opinion, there are families who have children with cell phones at 7, or 8 years old. Everyone’s situation is unique where they may have to give their children or child a phone for certain reasons. Another worry about a young cell phone user, is the content he or she is viewing when they are alone. I worry about that all the time, but guys block them out, there are tons of ways to keep young children safe from unexpected mobile content.
That is the beauty of having this modern day technology work to your advantage, we can control what they watch on their phones and tablets. We as parents will always try to do the right thing when it comes to our little ones, so whether your child has a phone or not. It’s really not a big deal because we are going protect them and watch over them forever. I hope you have a moment to check out the video that inspired me to blog about this topic. This aired about two weeks ago, this topic can stir up a endless conversation. Click and enjoy.