Can You Hear Me Now?

Living in a Cell Phone World, with a Cell Phone Boy or Girl

My ten-year-old is begging me for a cell phone. The more he tells me he’s the only kid who doesn’t have one, the more I want to dig in my heels and make him wait. Surely he’s not the only one. And, more to the point, I don’t want him to be spoiled. Is a cell phone really necessary at this age?

Because middle school marks so many beginnings, I am often asked, “What is the right age to let my child [fill-in-the-blank]?” From shaving to social media, boy–girl parties to cell phones, there are a lot of firsts flying at parents of tweens. For each of these decisions, you’ll assess your values and determine what’s practical and appropriate. I do, however, want to make ...

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