So, a couple of posts ago I created a poll about how much cell phone use my readers planned for on a weekly basis. I was saddened to find out that there are still so many districts that ban cell phone usage in school. I don’t understand this rule. I understand that if it is not monitored enough it can become a problem, however, it can also be one of the best tools used in the classroom. I, for one, would love more training on how I could incorporate them more frequently into my lessons.
Now, in saying all that….as a parent, I was against allowing my kids to have a cell phone prior to the age of 16. My reasoning was that up to that point my husband or I would be the one driving them here and there. We would know their location, who they were with, etc. But I was convinced when my son was 11, and entered the sixth grade, to go ahead and let him get a phone. My best friend taught in middle school and said it would/could be beneficial to him. So, I caved and allowed it. It has become a precious commodity and therefore is an awesome bargaining tool. I take it when he doesn’t act right, at home and/or at school. The good side is if he has football practice and gets out early he is able to call me easier.
Here is my question, at what age would you allow your child to have a cell phone?