should a 13 year old have an iphone?

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Samantha Dawn - posted on 04/09/2015

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Ok listen up moms I am a 13 year old daughter and I have been wanting an iPhone sense everyone started to get one. My mom, dad, grandparents, uncles, aunts, 90% of my ginormous family, friends, 99.99% of my junior high school, and pretty much all of America between ages 10-50 has some type of smart phone. Am I right or am I right. So I have a busted ipod touch that barely works and (I mean barely) and I have my moms ancient black flip phone that also barely works. My mom had an iPhone 5 and she and my grandma went to the Verizon to get upgrades. My mom got the 5s and my grandma got TWO 6+ one for her and one for my uncle. So now my mom has this perfectly good iPhone 5 and she told me that I could maybe someday have it. It has been over 6 months and I have NOT even had the smallest chance of getting it. Now I know what your probably thinking that I'm this spoiled girl who gets everything I want and that I'm upset that my mom won't let me have a stupid phone. Well you could not be more wrong! I lived in Santa Cruz till I turned 12 and I had to move away from everything and everyone I had ever met because my parents thought that their marriage would last longer. God it only took less than a year for me to be living in two separate houses in this hot yet freezing cold town were I get bullied and made fun of for not having a smartphone. Guess what my mom's biggest excuse is for me not having an iPhone...... that I'm not mature enough and guess what I realized while I was reading this website.......you all agree. Well you know what I agree with you. Am I very mature for my age... yes! Am I a perfect person no, no one is, and I don't care what any of you moms say about teenagers not deserving phones cause there not mature enough cause your wrong. Heck your probably wrong about a lot of things that you didn't realize or won't admit to, we all do. Not every kid is the same. Some kids are smart and get straight A's like me and some fail all their classes. Some kids feel under pressure 24/7 like me, and some kids feel completely free and can do anything they want by not getting judge. Does typing this comment make me mature enough for a 13 year old girl? I couldn't tell you. But does typing this comment open your eyes to realize that what you type does not go the same for everyone. That's up to you. I have done everything I can to deserve that phone and mostly everyone agrees that I should have it even my dad agrees with me and he tries to tell my mom this but she is so stubborn that she doesn't listen to him, but she listens to what people write on the internet such as you moms. I am getting fed up with this and I want my mother to realize how much this matters to me and that am trying to do everything in my power to change her mind and to fit in. If you agree that I should have this iPhone please say so. yours truly -desperate

Sarah Joy - posted on 04/08/2015

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I think it depends on the maturity level. You should set rules to. Like listen keep grades up. And if she breaks it then she needs to get a new on her self.

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2013

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Personally I think a 13 yr old does not need an iphone. I am 37 yrs old and don't have an iphone. At 13 yrs old I can see having a phone, but more like a trak phone. I think having something that teaches them how to use their phone responsibly is better then getting the phone that can do all. With an iphone also comes the ability to have internet 24/7 and without your monitoring. There are SO many different apps now that can do some many different things (which can be nice) but it can also be dangerous. Kids can have accounts on instigram, facetime, and so many other apps that can attract predators. My big question would be why does a 13 yr old need an iphone? I have always told my kids that when I see that there is a need for a phone then I will get you what you need. I could start to see the need for a phone around your child's age, but I did not see that they needed a phone with internet. I saw the need for a phone that could call and text. That is still the type of phone they have today.

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