Tuesday Open Thread

August 14, 2012

Happy Tuesday!

Does your kid have a cell phone yet? Why or why not? If so, at what age did they procure it?

This article strongly implies that anything sooner than age 12 is a bad idea.

One of the biggest problems with personal cellphones is that today’s children quickly presume technology is a right. That’s an idea that Roberts thinks needs to be challenged right away.

“Whenever engaging in any discussion on these matters,” he said, “parents must first set an early tone with children that technology, especially smart/cellphones, is a privilege.”

There’s also the matter of whether or not a child is responsible enough to be carrying around a phone.

“Of course,” Roberts said, “children always covet the responsibility-linked privileges of those who are older, which is why some children, as young as 7, are asking for their own phones.”

My 7-year-old has asked for a cell phone. I very politely and firmly conveyed that no way in hell would she be getting one any time soon. It’s bad enough that our kids have already commandeered our tablets for their personal entertainment. It’s even sadder that she’s better at using the iPad than I am.

What say you? What else is on your mind? Chat away!