Our boys got theirs when they were 11. That was the 1st year of middle school
My daughter didn't get her's until she could pay for the phone and her plan herself...she was 17
only give my kids cell phones for emergency if they'll be going off on
their own somewhere without adult supervision; and even then I don't let
them call friends to shoot the breeze.
I do let them call friends-- I'm not a tyrant. Just not when they're
out and should be paying attention, and not just for the sake of
I'm very big on mindful living. If you're walking, walk. If
you're shopping, shop. If you're driving, drive. If you want to chat
with friends, go sit down and dial the number. But don't wander around
doing things mindlessly with a phone stuck in your ear chattering away (I know some people do that-- no offense. Just not my style, not the values I want to pass on to my kids; your time is your own.).
Live in the moment... that sort of stuff.
Once they're working, if they want to pay for cell phone service, they're free to do so.
Peace, and all that jazz...
...I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch me soar...
My 17 and 15 year olds have them...my 11 year old doesnt
They're only 5 and 4, so no..lol.
They do know how to work speed-dial on mine and DH's phones though, so they do pick one up and call people occasionally (never without asking). If I'm not home, they'll call me. They call the grandparents and their uncle. If DH isn't home, they'll call him.
My youngest daughter was 12 when she got a Tracfone just for going to and from school,for emergencies only. She respected this and now my mother pays for the yearly minutes for her Tracfone, she is almost 18, and it is still just for emergencies( the child doesn't like texting or talking on the phone).
the oldest is 14 and paid for her own when 12 with the understanding she pay the bill and she does. the youngest is 11 and got one on her 11th birthday as a gift...with the understanding that she pays the bill, which she does. they are in my name so the bill comes to me, I divide it all out, write them on separate paper(like a bill) and give theirs to them. if I don't have the money in 5 days it goes up 5 dollars, if I don't have in 10 days I take the phone(s). My oldest got nailed for $5 one time, the youngest has not (yet). as much as we did not want them to have them we have to admit they are convenient when we all go to an amusement park or ball game or shopping...
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