Smart phone for a smart-but-still-naive kid
February 14, 2014 10:10 AM Subscribe
Our oldest child is about to turn 13 and desperately
wants a cell phone and an email address. We see both good and bad in this, but we agree that he's matured a lot in the last year and he's old enough (and mature enough) to start learning how to use and live with these things. That said, we're a bit apprehensive, for all of the obvious reasons. With those things in mind, MeFi parents of tweens and young teens: how are approaching/handling your child's cell phone and email usage?
posted by mosk to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
We've been avoiding this issue, but it's time to wrap out heads around it and come up with a plan. We're interested in hearing about all aspects of this, but I'll break our question into three broad categories:
How is your family managing the phone plan side of things? We're on ATT for business reasons, but would welcome hearing about other plans as well.
What is your family's access policy? How much access is do you think is appropriate for your child, and what rules have you established around your child's phone and its usage, and what, if anything, is off limits as a matter of family policy?
Finally, on the tech side, do you use any sort of filtering or gating technology to limit what your child can access, and/or do you monitor their usage after the fact?
I know this is a broad question and I apologize if it sounds like I'm trying to boil the ocean, so feel free to answer just a small part of this if that's easier. Thanks!!