TEEN WITH SMART PHONE!!!!!

Zelda - posted on 07/29/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My dd is 13 years old and really wants a smart phone. She is very responsible and will look after it and help pay for it.Should i let her get one? She does not have a phone and she walks to/from school. Also can anyone recommend a cheap phone/plan that you can get in Australia? I am happy for her to have internet on it.

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Jodi - posted on 07/31/2013

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I gave my son a basic phone. He pays for his prepaid credit. When he wanted a smart phone, he paid for it himself (he was 15 and had a real job, so he could afford it). That was always our deal - you want a smart phone, you pay for it.

Telstra has some good pre-paid deals. I wouldn't go on a contract with a teen - they don't keep track of what they spend. My son is on a $50 a month pre-paid deal where he gets free texts and about $500 of calls. I can't remember how much data download, but he doesn't tend to use the internet a lot when he isn't home. But as I said, that was his decision. You can get pre-paid for as little as $10 a month. Just have a look at the options on their website.

Also, be careful with her having free reign over the internet. In my experience, facebook causes a LOT of problems amongst the girls at school, and the fact that parents have absolutely no control over it is part of the problem. A lot of bullying is taking place on FB amongst this age group because they are still lacking in their social skills. It can lead to a lot of problems.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/31/2013

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That's exactly my point, Chet. What's the point of giving them an iphone.

My kids are both on prepaid. One WANTS the damn smartphone, but he ain't getting it. The other pays for his plan (he's 19 and almost moved out), it's a basic plan, with limited minutes. He doesn't even use up his monthly allocated minutes most months, even if he does use the browser function.

Bottom line: Your kid will want technology if you present an image to them that technology cannot be lived without. Both of my sons know darn good and well that the phones are a convenience, NOT a necessity, and therefore know that I won't pay for more than is absolutely necessary, which in my area is being able to dial home and 911.

The one that wants the damn smartphone will buy the phone himself, and then I'll pay his monthly up to a limit of $35 a month, with is a very workable plan for our area.

I will say that, the only reason I will allow the younger one to buy his smartphone is because at that time (when he starts driving) I'll be able to put the driving app on it, which will automatically shut off the phone if the car is in motion. ;-) This mom of teenage boys isn't stupid after all...LOL...

Chet - posted on 07/31/2013

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This story was in the news somewhat recently. It's the contract a mom made her son agree to before he could have an iphone:

http://blog.publicmobile.ca/blog/2013/01...

There are 18 rules on the list. I think that they cover the issues with young teens and smart phones pretty comprehensively. However, I really wonder what the point of an iphone is if these are the constraints. That's a lot of money to spend on something he's barely allowed to use!

Chet - posted on 07/31/2013

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I would be very hesitant to give a thirteen year old a smart phone. I certainly wouldn't agree before I knew the exact cost and was solid on the percentage the 13 year old could contribute toward paying for it.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/29/2013

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It's entirely up to you. YOu are her parent.

I wouldn't go contract phone, but many companies offer a monthly prepaid plan for fairly cheap.

And smartphones are not necessary...one that can dial you, emergency, and her friends is sufficient.

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