If your preteen child hasn't hit you up yet for a cell phone, you're among a rare breed indeed. Studies have found that roughly 70 percent of 11–14-year-olds now use cell phones. Closer to home, our 10-year-old has been hounding my wife and me for months to get his own phone.
My initial reaction was, "no way." But upon investigation, I see why many parents eventually give in. Here are a few points to ponder on before you agree or disagree to your preteen’s demand for a phone.
Pro and cons
Anyone who's ever had a flat tire or gotten lost can attest to cell phones' advantages in such desperate situations. On the flip side, unless you install parental controls, your child could access inappropriate content or be more vulnerable to bullying and predatory behavior.
Cell phone use can be wildly expensive, because besides calls, text messaging, web browsing and application downloads all come at a price. So checkout the types of payment options available.