If you are a parent you well know that how things have changed since you where a kid. As a kids maybe you had a pager or a private landline, but now kids have their own smartphones as early as 5 years old. Not only they have cellphones but they are so good at working with them. You will be amazed to see what a kid can do with a cellphone. Now the right age for cellphone is quite controversial among parents. Some parents believe that this mean of communication is necessary and we need to equip them with a phone. Others argue that having cellphone in early ages opens up too many risks such as, cyber bullying, sexting, and being exposed to adult content. Of course both sides may present valid debates, but this issue begs an answer now – Should we give our kids a cellphone?
What is kid’s right age for cellphone
Some parents provides their kids with a smartphone as early as 4 or 5 years old. Some decide not to buy them a cellphone until middle school. But what is the right age? Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer to this question and that it because every child has his or her own special characteristics. So it is basically up to you to see if your child is mature enough to own a phone device. Maturity in this regards involves being able to take care of their possessions. It also involves being wise enough to use it the right way. Of course, it’s parents responsibility to show their kids the right way, but kids need to be wise enough to follow it.
Things to consider before you give your kid a cellphone
You may have decides on your kid’s right age for cellphone ,now you need to bear some points in mind.
The first thing that you need to take into consideration is “Does my kid really need a cellphone?” There are situations in which you kid needs to call you and cellphone becomes a must. But if a smartphone would simply act as an hobby for them, you may need to think twice before you get them one.
Also, you need to bear this fact in mind that when you give your kid a cellphone, you open up a whole new world to them. It’s like putting all the world information -good and bad- in their pocket. So, you need to consider if your child is really ready for this load of information.
Educating your kid is the best thing you can do when giving them cellphones. Try to talk to them and teach them the goods and bads of the virtual world. Be their friends so they would first open up to you in case anything happens to them.
Remember when you decide to give your kids a cellphone, there is no turning back. You can’t just provide them with a phone and them take it away fro them. The effects would be too drastic. And try to choose a basic phone for them.
Finally, if you decide to give your kids a cellphone, you also need to ensure their safety with mobile devices. One way to do that is to use parental control apps to be aware of their activities on their phone devices.