How Old Should Your Child be Before They Get their Own IPhone?
When it comes to teenagers and their status symbols, having the most popular item is everything. just remember when you were a kid, especially a teenager. Very few kids wanted to be outside of the group. The last thing that any self conscious kid wants to be, is the outcast. The most popular cell phone in this age group is the IPhone. Teenagers are probably Apple’s most loyal customer base. So it is only a matter of time before your kid comes up to you and ask you for their own Apple IPhone. But before you say yes, there are a couple of factors that you should think about, before you get them their own cell phone. There are both good and bad things that can happen with a child who owns a cell phone. In this article, we will go over both the good and bad things that can happen. But after we go through it, it is up to you to decide if your child can be trusted with their own phone.
So we can end the article on a high note, we will start with the bad things that can happen first. So now that your kid has come up to you and asked you for their very first IPhone, you have to start to wonder what is prompting them to want one. Do they want to be like everyone else? Or do they have someone in particular that they want to call? You should ask these questions before you make your decision. It will be harder for you to monitor your child’s communications if they have their own cell phone. So you must make sure to set some ground rules when it comes to the phone. No talking to adults, no talking on it when they are in school, and other rules such as this. You also have to remember that the IPhone has internet capabilities and the same predators that lurk online when they are on the computer, can lurk on it when they are on the phone. Make sure that you set parental restrictions on the phone to avoid them to be able to contact people such as this.
We talked about the bad things that can happen when your child has their own cell phone, now lets discuss some of the good things that can happen. If your child has a phone that they can carry with them, this means that you can get in contact with them anytime that you need to. This is great for if you want to check up on them to make sure that they are safe. Also your child will be able to use the phone’s internet capabilities to help them with homework. If you only have one or two computers in the house, this extra connection will free them up a lot more. Also, if you learn how to check the phone logs, you can keep better track of who your child talks to on a regular basis. Every parents does a little bit of snooping on their child. This will just help expedite things along a little bit.
So as you see, letting your child have an IPhone can both be a good thing and bad thing. It is up to you to decide how old your child should be before they get their own phone. It all depends on their maturity level. If they can handle the rules that you set down for them, then everything should be fine.