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I do not believe young kids should have cell phones for a luxury. If there is a good reason for the child to have a cell phone then I say YAY, for sure!
Here’s our story:
I’ve always been able to make arrangements for my 3 older kids for before and after school.
When they were very young, I had them in a before and after school program. Then a couple of years later, we lived on the same block as my mom and step-dad so one of them came over for an hour before school… and after school the kids would just walk to their house. But then we moved. For the first time, I had nobody to watch the kids before and after school.
Mike and I decided to get my son a cell phone. He was the oldest and ‘in charge’. We chose a super cheap basic phone and we programed our phone numbers and my parents phone numbers in the phone. The phone was free and it only cost us $10 per month and it seemed the smartest and cheapest way to go.
Of course cell phone companies have special kids phones for emergency use only, like the Firefly. I always wanted to get a phone for the kids like that – but it was cheaper to just add a free basic cell to our plan.
The kids had alarm clocks to wake them up. I would call them shortly after to make sure they were dressed and done eating. I would remind them to watch the time to catch the bus. My son would walk my youngest to the bus stop and call me when she got on. After school, he would call me when him and the middle child walked in the door. Then he would call me again when the youngest got off the bus. We were home within the hour of them getting home, but the cell phone put my mind at ease. At the time, the kids were in 3rd, 4th and 6th grades. Once that school year was over, we took the phone back because there was no real reason for him to have it.
This past year we officially got the kids cell phones again. They were decent phones, but not smart phones. Again, free phones but a little better than bottom of the line. We got the plan where they could text and talk and take photos. They were in 6th, 7th and 9th grades. I monitored the lines online so I knew what they were up to. I put controls on the lines so they could only call or text me or Mike during school hours and bed time hours. We decided to get them cells this time because they were all in different activities after school and they all needed to be picked up at different times and days. I would hate to have forgotten leaving them stranded… so we went with cells. We also had situations where the schools are so big, we would be parked on the wrong side of the school – looking and looking for them. The phones came in handy for this kind of situation too.
Now they are in 7th, 8th and 10 grades and we are planning on getting them smart phones next month. They all have iPods and cells and I just don’t see the point on carrying 2 devices around all the time. We plan on getting the refurbished phones online at a cheaper price.
Another thing… we do take these devices away when they are grounded. The phone and iPods are the first thing that goes. Although sometimes that puts me in a bind, not being able to reach them. But it’s worked so far.
What do you think about kids and cell phones?
Yay or Nay… What do YOU say?
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