My 7-year-old daughter has been asking for a smartphone nonstop and claiming to miss her friends once she gets home from school. I suspect one of her close friends recently got one.
I feel she’s too young to get a phone, but her dad sees no issue as long we regulate it. I’m tempted to give in and get this cheap phone they sell at Target for peace to reign in the house. But I have to set some ground rules.
Would you insist it be on speaker or in front of you to monitor? How often should she be allowed on the phone? Once a day? Once a week? 5 minutes or 20? How do I ensure she’s only using it for purposes of keeping in touch with friends?
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My son is 8 and he doesn't own a phone, we don't plan on buying one until he turns 10. He is allowed calls (supervised or unsupervised) as long as he's not spending over 10 minutes on each one - he prefers the speaker himself so that hasn't really be a problem. He's also a geek, shy around people so his phone time hasn't really been an issue for us. I don't think there's a right and wrong here.