I’m away staying with my sister whose daughter is soon turning 10. Last night, we were talking mobile phones and it got quite heated. She is adamant she won’t let her daughter have a phone before secondary school, and possibly not even then.
Crime (according to the local police, phones are the number one reason for attacks on children).
Surreptitious use in the bedroom…
Strange. We’re not particularly big on allowing Bella the use of computers at home; she can only google under our supervision. But, she also knows she’ll get a phone when she starts walking to school on her own. And that is probably in a year, towards the end of Year 4.
We live about 2 minutes away from school but in a very busy urban area which does have quite a bit of crime. So we feel that somehow it’s safer if she has a means of contacting us. She’ll be under strict instructions not to use it in public (‘Get real!’ says my sister) and it won’t be a smart phone.
But – ouch! Now to think that this could make her a greater target to all the bad guys out there. And that texting gives the big bad world unhindered access to our child. We can’t protect our little ones forever but we can try to do what’s best for them. What’s that in this case, what do you think?