Parenting: How Young is Too Young For a Cell Phone?
Today’s dads (and moms) struggle with a common problem: What age is appropriate for children to have cell phones? 58% of 12-year-olds and 73% of 13-year-olds now have cell phones, according to a study that the Pew Internet and American Life Project conducted in April. Although parents usually purchase their child a phone for safety reasons, kids use their mobile devices mainly for social interaction with friends.
To find a cell phone plan with parental controls, visit AT&T’s Smart Limits, Verizon’s Parental Control Center, Sprint’s Parental Controls, or T-Mobile’s Family Allowances. Parents should also consider purchasing a pre-paid phone which allows parents to buy and load a set number of minutes onto the device without a contract. Other companies like FireFly and Kajeet offer phones designed specifically for children and come with free parental controls.
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