When Your Kids Can Have A Cell Phone? October 12, 2016 – Posted in: Protect Kids
When you give a mobile phone to your kids, you’re giving them powerful communication and media-production tools. They can create text, images, and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to websites instantly.
Many parents wrestle with the issue of mobile phones for children. What’s the best age for kids to get a mobile phone, and what functions are age appropriate? And what about smart phones with their abilities to download apps?
Here are some questions to consider:
1 How independent are your kids?
2 Do your kids show a sense of responsibility, such as letting you know when they leave the house? Do they show up when they say they will
3 Do your children “need” to be in touch for safety reasons — or social ones?
4 Do your kids tend to lose things, such as backpacks or homework folders? If so, expect they might lose an (expensive!) phone, too.
5 Can they get behind the concept of limits for minutes talked and apps downloaded?
6 Do they really need a smart phone that is also their music device, a portable movie and game player, and portal to the Internet?
Just remember: When you give a mobile phone for your child today, you’re giving them powerful communications and production tools. They can easily create text, images, and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to internet. They can broadcast their location etc. They can download everything in the world. If you think your kid’s technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. Times may have changed, but parenting hasn’t. We’re still the parents. And it’s our job to say “no, not yet.”