Cody and I both wrote posts about our views on Addie getting her first phone, we didn’t discuss it first, we just wrote. You can find his post here.
My dad had a smart phone four years before I even had a smart phone. It wasn’t until January of this year that Cody and I finally decided that I was busy enough with work and the girls to justify investing in one. Cody just got his first smart phone two weeks ago.
You could say we were a little behind the times, especially considering the average age for a child’s first phone is 12.1 and of the children who do have phones, 34% of them have smart phones.
We just never saw the need, all we ever did was call or text each other. I was either at home or out with friends and Cody was either at work or at home with me. It just wasn’t an expense we could justify until recently.
Could I live without my smart phone? Sure I could. Would I want to? Not exactly. But I certainly don’t rely on it the way I rely on my own family, friends and self. Which brings me to Addie, who at the tender age of 7 insists that she NEEDS a phone.
“So I can play games and text Britty!”
“But you can play games on the computer and you can text Britty from my phone.”
“NOOO! It has to be my own! I’ll pay for it! I have $4!”
Honey, I can barely comprehend how much cell phones are, it’s sweet that you want to pay for it yourself, but while mom and dad pay for your phone usage? Use it and abuse it. It’s a lot easier for her to comprehend not needing a phone since Cody and I didn’t have them until recently, but that doesn’t satiate the desire to have one.
It’s an argument spirited discussion that Cody and I have had on several occasions. “She can have a phone when she’s 18 and pays for it herself!” is Cody’s idea. My idea is not quite to her having her own, but perhaps having a third line with a very simple phone added for when she starts going out on her own more and more at an older age. I have no problem being the parent that says “You don’t need twitter when you’re out with your friends, YOU’RE WITH YOUR FRIENDS.” or “Do you think I had instant access to the Internet when I was a kid? NO! I didn’t even have the Internet!”
Oh, our generation is going to be a rich one when it comes to such arguments. Gone are the “I walked uphill to school both ways in six feet of snow with no shoes” arguments and here are the “I made it to a job interview without google maps, turn by turn directions or a phone in my pocket, in my day, if we told someone we were going to be somewhere, WE SHOWED UP!”
Sorry about that kid.
Big thanks to AT&T for sponsoring this post as part of their Mobile Safety initiative. I have been sponsored for my time in participating in the program.