The Great Cell Phone Debate
I know I'm not the only parent whose kid traveled alone this summer. But when my 11-year-old's plane was delayed and it looked like he might miss his connecting flight, I felt like the only mom in the world who let her kid travel without a cell phone.
That little incident was a wake-up call. It wasn't that I thought, "OK, we're off to the cell-phone kiosk today!" It just made me realize that I'd been avoiding an issue I'd sooner or later have to confront. And it's not data plans or texting bills. What worries me is access -- to the Internet, to friends I don't know, to the interconnected digital world. Kids think of their phones as personal communications devices, but these devices link them to a world that's getting increasingly more public every day.
It's nearly impossible to find a cell phone that doesn't have a million bells and whistles. Even basic phones have cameras, texting, and Internet access. And while parental controls are availableRead More »from Kid's First Cell Phone: One Mom's Hang Up