In this week’s installment of Parents Talk, we ask parents what age is it acceptable for a child to have a cell phone?
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This week’s discussion topic:
I was running an errand at the mall this weekend and noticed a group of pre-teen girls congregating in the atrium, all busy texting away on their cell phones. I was a little taken aback when I noticed one of them had the new iPhone 4S (which I REALLY want myself).
Now, I will admit, my children are nowhere near the age to get cell phone but the girls were probably only around 12 or 13 years-old at the oldest and were carrying some pretty expensive hardware.
My question is, at what age is it acceptable to get your child a cell phone? And, if you give in at an early age, what stipulations do you put on the phone? Do they pay the bills themselves somehow? Do you limit it to emergency calls/texts only? I’m curious. Thanks for your help!