Should You Get Your Kid A Cell Phone For Dad’s House?

I am not a high techy type person. Seriously, I just graduated from the flip phone not too long ago, after much ridicule from friends. Matter of fact texting was just added to my phone not even a year ago. So I’m not a gadget person. I also am not big on kids having a bunch of fancy gadgets, especially at a young age. You won’t find me buying Anya a Kindle, not that I think there is anything wrong with them, but I want her to appreciate books the old fashion way. But for all those who give their kids Kindles I totally get it! If it encourages your child to read go for it!

However, I am considering buying her a cellphone. I can’t believe those words are coming out of my mouth, but I am. I put up a poll on whether you think it is appropriate to buy a child a cell phone for when they are at the other parent’s house, because I really want your feedback on this. The only reason I am considering it is because my daughter will be staying a week in the summer at her dad’s house. I have no problem with this, but she has never stayed that long. The phone issue has been a challenge between us and I want to give Anya the ability to call me when she wants. Now, the cellphone I’m looking at is kid friendly and only holds four numbers. There have been weekends that I haven’t spoken to her because her dad hasn’t answered the phone. Now, I get it, I know life is busy and the last thing I want to do is cut in on their time, so when I do call and he answers the phone call lasts literally 5 minutes or 10 at the most. Anya has mentioned to me that she wants me to call her to say goodnight, which is usually the time I try to call. Unfortunately, there has been some issues with no call backs. So, I was thinking I would just buy her a cell phone. Of course I am going to discuss it with her father, because again I don’t want to be intrusive and I think it is something we both shoudl decided on, but I believe it may eliminate some conflict.

It really is a sticky issue. I think at a certain age kids should have a cell phone for safety reasons. I also think there should be boundaries and much parental control. I just didn’t think I would be giving my daughter a cell phone at six. Hmmm, what do you think? Below is the phone, as you can see you can only put 4 numbers on speed dial, which is all she needs. I wouldn’t just give her the phone and let her go wild with it, it would be strictly used for that week in the summer, on the weekends and rules would apply. It is just a thought. I’m still going to try and work out a reasonable call schedule, but this may be an option. Give me your thoughts!

This is the phone I’m considering

Comments

  1. Alicia says

    I support getting the phone. Most likely, Sofi will get one when she enters public school. I really like that ATT allows parental controls and Lo-Jack on phones on your plan.
    A basic phone is also a good way to reinforce responsibility with a kid.

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