Tween: ‘I need a Mobile!’ Parent: When is the right age?

There is an easy answer to this question!  Your child is old enough when you need them to have one.  A tween is usually in your company or with other responsible adults therefore there is no reason for a phone.  If they take a train to and from school you may think it is a good idea to be able to make contact if they or you are going to late.  However remember that our parents did not have the technology to do this and it can in fact increase your anxiety rather than reduce it.  What if you text them and they don’t respond?  It is in their bag, the battery has run out, it is on silent but you begin to worry, the more they don’t answer the more you worry. Do you need this extra worry in your life?

Consider also, that you cannot buy a phone that just makes phone calls so in giving your child a mobile phone you are opening the door to a world that they will step into without your presence: think of Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Google, Games, all without you being there.

http://www.commonsense.org/ answers all your most Frequently Asked Questions

Parents’ Guide to Kids and Cell Phones | Common Sense Media.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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