I am happy that my son is many, many years away from owning his own cell phone. Mostly, because I don't want to be part of the brave Mommy tribe that has to forge the rules for children owning phones.
A recent British study by mobile Security Firm BullGuard found the following:
- The average age a child in Britain receives a cell phone is eight. (Eight!)
- 43% of parents search their child's Internet history - including on their phone - at least once a week
- 22% of parents have had to have a serious discussion about content found on their child's phone
But, I know that it is inevitable, and cell phone use will just need to become one of those ever-evolving conversation we have as a family, the same as sex and privacy are.
So, for now, I am watching other Moms, like the mother who made her son sign a contract over his device last year (I love where she explains upfront that his phone is actually hers to prevent any confusion right away). And I am taking notes, in the hopes that it will be a little easier path to follow when my son gets his first real phone.
What age did you give your child a cell phone? Or, what age are you planning on giving your children one?