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Start the conversation on appropriate cell phone usage with this free parent – child agreement. Use it to discuss what you deem acceptable while using a cell phone.
A couple months ago I mentioned that Emma came home from Vacation Bible School requesting the Snapchat app – OK it was totally my fault for showing her the different lenses, so when her friends mentioned that they used Snapchat (what, you are 8?!), she immediately thought she should use it as well.
Luckily that train of thought changed a bit. However, now she is requesting a cell phone daily. Not just a cell phone, but an iPhone 6s like what I have. Did I mention she is 8?
I feel a little better when I see research from a new U.S. Cellular poll that says the average age of children receiving cell phones is 11 – but just five years ago the age was 14. I’m under the impression that soon all 8 year olds will be walking around with a smart phone!
Although, I know that I will have to make some adjustments to my data plan if that is the case. I can just picture all the data that my daughter will end up using – especially considering her prime reasons for wanting a cell phone are text messages and FaceTime. She wants the opportunity to FaceTime with her friends when she can’t get together with them for play dates. It is kind of ingenious, and something I used to do when I was growing up. I would go home and immediately get on the phone with my best friend, and we would sit and watch TV together…on the phone. Weird, I know. This was pre-internet by the way.
I’m happy that U.S. Cellular has such amazing coverage and awesome data plans, it makes finding the right plan for my family easy.
If your child is getting their first phone for going back to school this year, there are some tips that can help the transition go smoothly. Making sure your child knows that having a cell phone is not just a fun thing, it is a privilege, and with that privilege come responsibilities.
72% of parents surveyed say that they have rules about cell phone usage.
Make sure that everyone knows the rules and guidelines. While it is an amazing tool that can help kids by using educational apps, keeping in touch with parents, as well as talking to their friends, having the rules in place before they start using the cell phone will be a help to everyone involved. You can use the parent-child agreement I mentioned above to really flesh out what you expect as a parent, and what the child can expect if they want to use the cell phone.
If you have teens that will be driving and using a cell phone (hopefully not at the same time!), U.S. Cellular offers an amazing Vehicle Monitoring System that can be installed in your teen’s car and monitored by an app on your 4G LTE iPhone 6. You can track the location of the vehicle as well as decipher engine codes and any mechanical issues.
My husband and I are still on the fence about what to do with our old iPhones. But, I can definitely see that my kids are wearing us down as the months go on. I am happy to know that I have options as far as the data plans go, and unlimited calling at least makes me feel a little better about allowing my kids to have a cell phone. Now, if I could guarantee they wouldn’t lose it…
When did you first get a cell phone? What age do you think is appropriate for your child to first get one?