There was a time the biggest thing on a child’s wish list was a new bicycle. Today, children want cell phones at younger and younger ages. How old is old enough to buy a child a cell phone? How young is too young?
Cell phone shopping for young people can be very difficult. Contingent to the age of the child, it is likely they have not built enough self-restraint to have a cell phone. School work may not get done, as well as their social relationships may suffer.
Cell phones now have internet access, which can bring danger to your child. A lot of downloadable information isn’t age appropriate. Cell phones also give children private communication capabilities via texting. There have been instances in the news recently of teachers finding students watching porn on their cell phones in the classroom.
It is not necessary to activate all of the possible features that come with a cell phone, but knowing your own child’s limitations can help you understand what is really appropriate for them at their age. Private texting can create extremely inappropriate conversations. Unlike instant messaging or phone conversations, texts can be removed ASAP you have no recourse to decide whether your child is having harmless conversations with their friends or are being lured into dangerous and self-destructive conduct.
Now, there are cell phones more suitable for children. These phones come with a parental control feature that only let your child access preset phone numbers such as reaching mom at work, 911 access, and several preset phone numbers of the parent’s choice. The cell phone needs a pass code to access any changes to the phone’s abilities to prevent the child from listing their own phone numbers in their cell phone. The right age for you to give your child a cell phone is really up to you, the parent.