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Top Ten Reasons to NOT get a Tween a Cell Phone

Submitted by JDiazAsper on 05/14/2010 – 7:30 am3 Comments

Julia is nine, super responsible and really wants a cell phone. So should I get my almost tween daughter a cell phone? So far the answer is “NO WAY”. Here are my top ten reasons to NOT get my 9 year old a cell phone:

1. Waiting for stuff you want builds character
2. I want her to be a kid, not a teenage wannabe
3. Her little sister will likely hide it in a bag and it will be WWIII in my house
4. I do not need another “get off it and read a book” gadget in the house
5. She does not go anywhere alone yet
6. The other parents in the class will appreciate not hearing “Julia has one”
7. I’d rather pay for guitar lessons than a cellphone plan
8. She will likely lose the phone in a week
9. She does not need to text LOL all day long
10. I want her to write sentences not text

I think this is very different by family situation and kid. I will get Julia cellphone once she roams around by herself. But so far, Mama is not willing to let her baby do that yet! I might have to  give in at 10 or 11 years old but for now its still “NO WAY” !

What do others think? And what are some good reasons to give a tween a phone?

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  • Sra. López says:

    I think those are all excellent reasons. When to get a cell phone I think really depends on the child and the family situation but kids should never be given something like that just because they WANT it.

    My oldest son will turn 12 in August and he’s been asking for a cell phone for a few years. We finally think he’s ready and will get him one for his birthday.

    He’s an honor roll student and is now mature enough to handle conversations about what “sexting” is, and responsible enough that he won’t lose it. He also has some after school activities now and is allowed to ride his bike around the neighborhood by himself, (I was slow to allow that much freedom!) Sometimes when we’re at the mall I allow him to go to the store right next door, etc, so I would like to keep tabs on him …

    The time feels right and I’m glad we waited.

  • Marcela says:

    My son will be 10 years old in a couple of months. He has also been doing the “everyone in my class has one”, “I really want one” talk around the house.

    I 100% agree with all your reasons, specially love the “would rather pay for lessons than a cell phone plan”.

    He too, like yours never really does anything by himself.

    I let him know that he would definitely not be getting one in Elementary school and that once he got to Middle School we would “talk” about it. I figure like Sra. Lopéz son he might be more independent then.

    Great post! LOVE the tween posts!

  • Gemma says:

    I got mine at the age of 12 just before I started High School (Secondary School). I agree wholeheartedly with your post, Nine year old’s defiantly don’t need a phone :D
    Good Job :)