When to Buy Your Child a Cell Phone

In today’s world, kids getting their own cell phone have become standard practice in many American homes. This leaves many parents wondering the same question, when is it time to get my kid a cell phone?

There really is no right or wrong answer for this question. Instead think about it in terms of is my child responsible enough to handle a cell phone? Does my child need a phone for safety?

According to a study done by The NY Times, “about 75% of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States own a mobile phone.” This number is up 45% from a study done in 2004. The study also found that “58 percent of 12-year-olds now had a cell phone, up from 18 percent in 2004”.

No matter what age you decide is appropriate for your child to have a cell phone, establish boundaries for your child’s cell phone usage. Most parents establish guidelines such as no phone usage during school. Is your child responsible enough to keep it charged, not lose it and abide by the rules agreed upon?

Pricing and usage may also be an issue for parents, so deciding upon what types of cell phone plan your child is going to have is an integral part of the process. A cell phone gps tracking system may also be an option for some families. For pricing and plan options visit the Kajeet service plans page.

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