what kind of phone for 6 year old?

Britny - posted on 08/13/2014 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My Husband and I are trying to find the best cell phone my 6 year old step daughter... i want to be able to set up for only certain numbers to call and block all Internet and texting. Any suggestions?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/13/2014

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There really IS a phone for kids, for emergencies that you can program 911, mom, dad, and maybe one other number into, but for the life of me I can't remember what it's called!

If my brain does dredge the info up, I'll PM you

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/13/2014

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Apart from my very poor phrasing of my first response, I'm really glad you understood it! LOL

As Dove says, mom can simply take the cell away from the child, which would negate the whole idea. If the communication is not spelled out in the court orders, I'd suggest that hubby's attorney request a revision to include communication with the child.

Good luck!

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Ahndrea - posted on 08/15/2014

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A phone at 6 years old?! Jeez..... Personally I wouldn't do that considering phones are a tad bit pricey and she will break it or lose it.. Buuut I know sprint has a phone that is just simply for emergency a and the parents to get ahold of there child. You can always check that out

Amanda-Beth - posted on 08/14/2014

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Just buy tje simplest track phone you can get her and program in the numbers you want jer to hwve so she can call and talk to dad on occasion el When she gets bit older can consider a more advanced phone.

Leela - posted on 08/13/2014

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I understand how challenging it is for everyone. My concern is that the mom's responsibility seems to be transferring to the child whose very young. If the child is having home problems then the phone alone won't solve it. And this needs to be addressed with mom who despite how many kids she has, still has a responsibility to this one. Maybe it's time for some sort of mediation..

Britny - posted on 08/13/2014

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Well they have joint custody of her and we get her every weekend. Her mom has 2 other kids one being 13 and the other a 7 month old. So we know she is busy. We try to talk to her about it and it goes good for awhile and then it just stops and it just tears my husband's heart to pieces. Our little one seems to be acting out a lot for about the past 4 or 5 months and we believe its due to whats going on at her house hold and it's better when he talks to her everynight, but I know if we were to get her a phone it must be extremely secure or her mother will take it away. That's why we are looking for a kids phone. Sprint does have a phone for kids but the only plan it offers is 1000 minutes and there is no way to turn it off if she reaches the limit... so I would really like to go prepaid and her not to be on a plan also just in case she tears it up/ loses it and her not keeping it charged.

Leela - posted on 08/13/2014

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Point to consider - mom may take away phone and you're back to square one. Or she may lose it. Agree with the poster below who suggested thinking of a long term solution like carrying mom back to court. This has gotta be frustrating.

Dove - posted on 08/13/2014

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Does your husband have a court order specifying contact w/ the child? A cell phone is a good short term solution (assuming the mother doesn't just simply take the phone away), but pursuing it in court that he MUST be able to have regular contact w/ the child and charging the mother w/ contempt of court when that does not happen would be a good, longer term plan.

Britny - posted on 08/13/2014

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We really don't want to get her a cell phone because she is young but her mother simple will not call or text us back. We are at the point where it is necessary, considering the awkward living and work arrangements that are happening at her house we want to be able to talk to her every night and for her to be able to call us if something is wrong. Thanks for responding.

Dove - posted on 08/13/2014

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If the child's mother is not restricting access to the child... no 6 year old needs a cell phone. If she is... what Shawnn has mentioned is perfect.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/13/2014

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An inexpensive prepaid phone with authorized numbers only entered. I'm assuming its more for being able to contact the child's mother than anything else at the age of 6.

You can spend about $10 for a tracfone, and about $20 for 60 minutes of time. The basic tracfones don't have internet or texting access.

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