If yes, does he have a texting plan? What about data, can he/she access the internet from their phone?
Both my boys got phones when they were 12 1/2 yo. Thats when we started dropping them off places without us. Things like scouts, Community Theater, riding bikes t oa friend's house, etc.
I would hae preferred to wait until they were in high school but for my oldest, we sent him to BSA National Jamboree on the east coast for 21 days. He was with a group we knew only slightly as it was a Troop of kids from the area all pulled together. Not his usualy troop. When he got home, I didn't have the heart to take it back..LOL
They both started with texting and standard phone only.
My oldest got upgraded to data/internet when he was 15.
Jinx - Homeschooling, Scouting & Karate butt-kicking Mom to Star Scout Ian 1/98, Scout Sean 9/00, Junior GS Heidi 4/03. Wife to Joe & Alpha to German Shepherd Spazz.
D has a phone and she can send and recive texts. But she cannot access the internet and cannot send or recive pictures.
Colin has a phone, he got it when he turned 11 so that he could call or text his dad (living out of state) any time he wanted without having to ask for my phone or bother his sister for hers. It's worked out really well. No data plan for him for a few years yet though.
DD10 and DD12 both have them because they walk home from school. They have a 25 $$ plan unlimited texting and 50 anytime minutes and VERY minimal data
My 12 year old does, although it's currently deactivated. Once he starts getting more active in things, we'll reactivate it for him. He can text and can access the internet, although he's not really that interested in internetting with the phone
Nobody has phones but my 21yo. She's had her phone since she was 13 - it's been taken away from her several million times - but she has a smartphone that she pays for herself. None of the others will get phones until they NEED them.
Sort-of. We just got a Tracfone for all 3 kids to share. So far, ds1 is the only one who's used it. It does have texting, but since it's pay-as-you-go w/ minute cards, I'm not sure how that works.
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