My girls have a cell phone. They are 10 and 9. Are we crazy parents? I’ll let you decide.
First of all, I shouldn’t say that THEY have a cell phone, it’s really OUR cell phone that we let them use. The girls have been begging for one for months, and No, we didn’t give in to their begging, it was a family decision.
Rob’ got me an iPhone for Valentines Day when my old Blackjack died. Fortunately for us, the Blackjack was within a few weeks of it’s warranty, so we were able to get a brand new one free. It all worked out, so we decided to keep a third line for the girls.
Let me tell you:
Not because I don’t trust my kids, but because I don’t trust my kids’ friends’ parents. Most of them are awesome, and I would trust them with anything. BUT, there have been a few times when the girls have been with a friend, and then went off radar for 4 hours or more at a time. When I was growing up, this was no big deal. We would be gone from sun up to sun down, and as long as my parents had a general sense of where we were, it was all good.
Last summer there were two incidents in particular that freaked me and Rob out. I had no way of contacting my girls, and they had no way of contacting me. I had no idea where they were.
That’s not going to happen again.
In light of the horrific stories on the news of terrible and tragic things happening to little kids, my girls will never be off my radar again. I don’t’ care if other parents think my girls are snobby (I’ve gotten a phone call from an angry mom calling my girls snobby, really.) They are going to carry a cell phone that has unlimited texting and calls. Are they allowed to text their friends? Only if I’m right there with them. Can they talk to their friends on the cell phone? Only if they ask, just like our regular phone.
Letting my kids take a cell phone on a bike ride gives me peace of mind.
Am I crazy? Over-protective? Would you let your 9 year old have a cell phone? Let me know what you think!