Earlier today I went out to do a few errands around town and seeing as how I was on foot, it always gives me an opportunity to really look at the world around me. Walking through our “downtown” where all the tourists are, I started noticing that almost every kid there was carrying a cellphone, from probably 8 years old and up. Is this a normal thing, for children to all have cellphones now? Separate from the fact that they probably don’t need one, it’s also an extra cost for a family to absorb on a monthly basis. I would like to think that when my kids are still “kids” that I won’t have to give them a cellphone, but who knows. So my question to you is, what do you think an appropriate age is to provide a cellphone to a child? And do you make them start paying for it themselves?
I am not talking about those “dial 911” only phones…these are regular old cellphones that make calls and send text messages…thoughts?