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What Age Would You Get Your Kids A Phone?

Fred DaMore, Ross Mortgage
Fred DaMore, Ross Mortgage

Kids and Cell Phones

At what age do you let your kids have a cell phone?

This past Spring I gave my son Dylan my old iPhone.  Dylan turned 10 in December of 2013.  My thoughts on it were  “he is becoming independent and I need to get in touch with him if there is a problem”.  The main reason for giving him my old cell phone was that we ski at Killington on the weekends and I wanted to be able to track him and call him if he is not back at a certain time. His ski group ends at 3:00 PM. This particular day it was 3:15 PM he was not back so I called and texted him on his phone.  I got no response.  At 3:30 PM he came skiing down, and I said to him “I have been calling you, why did you not come back with your group?” Dylan said, “I know you were calling and I didn’t want to pick it up because you would just tell me to come back.  So I just kept skiing.”  Now I’m thinking to myself then “Why did I give him this iPhone?”   I explained to him that I needed to know where he was so his Mom and I don’t worry.

The next few weeks he was better with the communication using the phone.  This past weekend he had a competition at Mt. Snow. He had his cell phone so that we could find him if we needed too.  At the end of the day I got a call from him crying, he gave me his location and I went to get him.  He was with a medic and was able to call me so I could get to him quickly.  He ended up with a fractured collarbone.  In this moment I was happy that I made the decision to give him a cell phone.  I got to him in minutes instead of hours, and that is a big deal to both of us.  He is fine now and I’m glad he had the phone with him.

What age would you get your kids a phone?

About the Author:  Fred DaMore is a Mortgage Specialist at Ross Mortgage. You can contact him at fred.damore@rossmortgageco.com

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Erin Calvo-Bacci February 18, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Mobile phones add a security piece to parenting, we gave our oldest her first phone when she went off to Middle School, for the reason of connection and security. The challenge is education and awareness of their security and safety; children need to understand about privacy and be given set use boundaries.
freddamore@rcn.com February 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM
I could not agree more. They need to know what it is for so that they can make the right decision.
Erin Calvo-Bacci February 18, 2014 at 02:08 PM
On the positive you're son was able to reach you in a timely manner, thank you for sharing.

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