What age should children have mobile phones?
Many people ask this question and I think it’s a really difficult one to answer.
As children mature at different ages, I think it actually becomes a question of responsibility.
With my kids, it was more about whether they were responsible enough to look after a mobile phone, not lose it and use it appropriately. With this in mind the first mobile phones they had were cheap pay as you go phones. The deal was this – if they were responsible enough to look after them, keep them safe and stick to the rules, then the next phone they chose could be more expensive and based on a contract.
To help the kids look after their phones I bought them novelty mobile phone holders, so cute that all our family and friends now have them in different animal designs. They also make fantastic Christmas and birthday presents for kids.
Although many of us face the dilemma of when to allow our kids to have mobile phones, I think we all are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of kids having them.
The main reason for my kids having mobiles phones is safety. Mobile phones mean that kids can call home easily and quickly if a problem arises.
Mobile phones also allow you to keep in touch with your kids when they are out and about. This encourages them to become more independent, but also gives you the piece of mind knowing both you and them can keep in touch.
Life is made so much easier now when kids have mobile phones especially when plans or arrangements change. Mobile phones are so convenient and a great way to communicate. How many of us, for example, have spent hours waiting for kids to come home from school trips and activities? Now a simple text or phone call to keep us informed of traffic conditions and the such like prevents parents from worrying about where the children are and solves the problems of countless hours of unnecessary waiting.
The issues facing parents as to when kids should have mobile phones is a very complex one. Please let us know your views…
By Lisa Bradburn