It’s more than fair to say that the majority of high school kids these days have a cell phone, but kids even younger are putting smartphones at the top of their Christmas lists and begging for them for their birthdays. The thing is while some people are dead against this I can see why kids want them. Times have changed and while when I was a kid talking to my friends actually meant talking to them, kids have it differently than many of us did. So as a parent who has had to buy a cell phone for a child I want to share with you the pros and cons.
Pro: You Can Get Hold Of Them
While this would be a con on a kids list. For a parent one of the best things about your child having a cell phone is that when you need them you can call them. When they are late home, you can call them. When you need to leave the house and they are at their friends, you can tell them. To put it simply when you need to tell them something you can. And while for many kids the first thing they will want to do when they see your name on the phone is hit the ignore button, make sure they know the first rule of their phone is when you call they answer!
Con: They Will Be On It All The Time!
And I mean all the time. Have you ever watched a group of kids with cell phones? It’s weird. I have seen my son and a few of his friends all sitting together, no one saying a word and them all on their phones! I find it very weird, but it’s something kids do these days. One thing you have to watch for it when you let them use it. For example I have a no cell phone at the dinner table rule and if he is staying up too late because he is on it, then I take it off hum until the morning. Just know that if you give them a cell phone it can take over their life!
Pro: It’s A Great Source Of Fun
A phone these days is more than just a way for your child to call and text you and their friends. It can play movies, video games and do all other kinds of crazy stuff. My son and his friends even got into making movies with their phones. So do not just think of it as a “phone” as it’s like a little entertainment device that they can have hours and hours of fun with.
Con: It Can Be Expensive
Now a good reliable smartphone can be picked up actually fairly cheaply these days. And if you want you can get a contract phone where you are in charge of how many minutes, texts and data they have and once they use it all they have to wait a month. The problem comes from parents who do not take notice of things and then wonder why at the end of the month they have a huge cell phone bill. Also if your kid gets really into phones then you can bet that each time a new iPhone is released they will be hitting you up for one.
Pro: It Can Be Used To Discipline Them
Hey it may sound sneaky and harsh, but if your kid is misbehaving or perhaps they are refusing to clean their room or get their homework done, then I guarantee you that the threat of taking their phone away or cancelling the contract is enough to make them fall in line! I could threaten to ground my son and he would not really care, but if his precious phone is at stake then it’s a different story!
This is a hard one for me because I get hat these days kids are more than happy to sit in the same room and text each other. While this is something that I really do not fully understand it seems to be the way that it works. But that does not mean I have to like it. For me the biggest con about a cell phone is that it can stop kids developing strong face to face social skills.
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