A good age for a cell phone

Althea - posted on 05/07/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 in the 3rd grade. She will be 10 this December. She really wants a phone. I really don't think she needs one. I am willing to get her one when she starts school this upcoming fall.

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Michelle - posted on 05/07/2016

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I only got my children a phone when they were catching the bus home on their own.

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2016

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I bought my 11 year old daughter a standard little flip phone recently because she just started catching buses home from school and I wanted her to be able to contact me if needed. It is a prepaid phone and I put $30 credit on it that will last 6 months. That's all she needs. I also check it regularly to ensure any messaging she does is appropriate. Kids this age do NOT need smart phones. In fact, my daughter will not have a smart phone until she is old enough to have a job and pay for it herself. She is also not allowed to have it in her room - I monitor her social interactions because children this age are still developing social skills and need our guidance and supervision.

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