Blogging Real Simple: What Age is Right for Cell Phones?

Blogging Real Simple: What Age is Right for Cell Phones?

Julia Cho
Apr 18, 2008

Back when we were little, we were just hoping to get our parents to get rid of our "old-fashioned" rotary phones and get a cordless so we could talk with friends from the privacy of our own room.

These days, kids are begging for their own cell phone. But what age is the right age for a child or teen to have their own phone?

Real Simple gives us a few things to consider in the debate:

• "Heavy use or light use. Will the phone be a constant link to friends, via calling or texting, or is the phone for communicating with you when needed?"

• "A pay-as-you-go option may be the way to go. It's not if your kids will be heavy texters. If so, a family plan is probably going to be your best bet."

• "Have your talking/texting teen chip in. If your teen really wants the phone to communicate with her friends, which means adding a $20 extra unlimited texting package, consider having her contribute to the monthly bill."

It may be a little early for some of our readers to start thinking about, but hey, even as babies, they love the cell phones!

Find the complete article over at Real Simple.

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