Help me get my kid a phone
July 23, 2014 9:39 AM Subscribe
Parents, what do you wish you knew when you got your kid their first phone? I need practical advice, but I'm also interested in the less tangible parent/child relations-type advice, too.
posted by BlahLaLa to Technology (23 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Kid BlahLaLa is entering middle school this year, and for a bunch of reasons it's time for him to have a phone. Mr. BlahLaLa and I have older iPhones (4S) and a joint plan on AT&T. Our two-year contract will be up in mid-September. Kid's school starts in mid-August, so ideally he'd have a phone by then.
All I really care about is that Kid can phone and text. Kid, of course, wants the NEWESTANDBESTIPHONEZOMG! I have no idea if it's better to add him to our account, open a new account for him, get a pay-as-you-go plan, or what.
And what about rules? He will have to keep it off during the school day, that's for sure. I'm also pretty firm on the idea that he can't have it in his bedroom at night. But what else am I not thinking of? Help!