Should kids have cell phones? Well, I know this might start a pretty big debate, but when it comes to cell phones and boys, I would say, “No.”
Let me back up a bit. When my daughter was going into sixth grade, we gave her a cell phone. Now that she’s in the seventh grade, most days it sits in her room because it’s not charged. If she’s at school and needs to call home, she uses the phone in the school office. If practice plans have changed for afterschool sports, she gets word to me through the school office again.
With that in mind, I started wondering if my now 11-year-old son really needs a phone, and if the pros outweigh the cons. Then I thought about the boys his age who do have phones; their eyes are usually glued to the screen – in the car ride home from school with their mom, walking to the bus stop or sitting around with friends.
Were those emergency situations where they needed a phone? No. Do boys primarily use their phones for games and going on the Internet? Yes. Are boys more vulnerable to graphic material on the Internet? Yes.
If you really want your child to have a phone for safety reasons, get a phone with calling and texting only. When you do decide to give your son or daughter a phone, use our Cell Phone Contract so they’ll know what you expect from them regarding their phone.
If you really want your child to have a phone for safety reasons, get a phone with calling and texting only.
Finally, think about waiting until your son is at least 13 years old before you give him a smart phone.
What age do you think is the right age for kids to get cell phones?