Almost 73% of teens have a cell phones as of 2013. Almost half of those are smartphones. Kids are wanting cell phones younger and younger these days. How do you know if your child is ready? It is important to have open communication with your child and ask them a few questions.
- Are they able to understand the cost of providing and using a phone and willing to stay within the usage limits you set.
- Ready to take good care of a phone (i.e., isn’t likely to lose or break it).
- Able to manage his or her time and not use the phone for socializing or entertainment when there is schoolwork to be done.
- Willing to answer when you call and call you when it’s time to check in.
- Willing to talk with you about the apps on his or her phone and how they’re being used.
- Able to use the phone politely, in a way that respects the feelings of the people in the room or at the other end of the conversation.
- Willing to only share his or her location with close real-life friends and family.
- Ready to accept the consequences of breaking any family cellphone rules.