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Cell Phones For Pre-Teens?

May 9, 2008
Should your preteen have a cell phone is one of the great debates among parents and them. If you go by what the cell phone companies say, every child should have a cell phone. But, don't forget it means business to them. They make money by convincing every parent and child about the importance of cell phones. They don't mind painting gory pictures of how things can go wrong if you don't have one. And, yet, two decades ago life was quite the same when cell phones were not even invented.

Some cities, such as New York, the schools have addressed the problem by banning cell phones from all classes. Some parents didn't agree with this idea and actually held protests stating that their children should be able to contact them at all times just in case they were needed. What do you think about it?

While cell phones used to be just items that were around in case you needed to make an emergency call, now everyone is using them more than they are using regular phones. What should you do? It depends on your feelings. You know your child and can decide if they need a phone or not.

With the rapid advances in technology, cell phones are no less than mini computers. They provide the facility to send text messages and emails, take pictures and listen to music. Basically, the entire concept of cell phones has dramatically changed.

The question is whether all these peripherals are necessary for a preteen? Though parents and children think they are necessary, the truth of the matter is that a cell phone should be used only in an emergency. All the other features can wait to be exploited and utilized. Of course, it is difficult to convince your preteen on this subject. But, you must try and explain all the same. That means you as a parent have to decide whether a cell phone is a luxury or a necessity for your preteen.

If you are planning to buy a cell phone for your preteen, look for affordable plans and preferably those on which you can control the usage. The market is flooded with all sorts of deals. So do some research and buy a cell phone that is cost-effective. At this stage it is best to go in for the basic model with minimum features so that the cell phone itself restricts the usage to emergency only.

Try not to be swayed by other's opinions. It is your child and untimately your decision to make. On the other hand you may have difficulty explaining to your child why you can have a cell phone and they can't.
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