I try to reason with him... explaining ... I didn't have a cell phone until I was 31 years old... surely he doesn't need one at 12 years old.
He insists it is critical for attending middle school. "What do I do if I miss the bus?"
"huh... Do what us pioneers had to do 20 years ago and use the phone at the office in your school???"
But what do you guys think? I am putting a strong front on--- but inside, I am thinking it might be nice to have a cell phone for him, now that he is getting more independent.
He and his posse went to the movies the other day- and I gave him my cell phone to call when it was over. When he is at hockey- sometimes I drop him off and run errands.
At Bookclubs4kids.com - the online book club I'm hosting this summer- I found a phone company Kajeet that specializes in KID FRIENDLY cell phones. (They donated 2 as prizes for our book club!!! Thank- YOU Kajeet!!!)
Actually - they are more like.... Parent Friendly....
Parents can put all kinds of parental controls on the phone service... controlling who they can call and when. (For example: Parents can block school hours, so they know their kids wont be texting or calling during classes.)
And it's a pre-pay phone... so no worries about your kids going over minutes.Just thought I would pass this option along--- for those of you... like me ... who are trying to find a happy medium for cell phone options.