Cell Phones For Your Child
It seems everyone is obsessed with owning a cell phone, and finding the best and latest device is an ongoing search. It is no surprise that even the youngest people in our families will soon be coming to their parents with the question….
“Mommy, can I have my own cell phone?”
The cell phone manufacturers have obviously been many steps ahead of us parents and are marketing the latest “must haves” for our kids. The advertisers know exactly how to catch the attention of any loving parent. They have appealed to our sense of safety and the need to know where our children are at all times.
When mobile phones first became the normal phone of choice, there was an unwritten rule that it was best to wait until your child reaches at least 13 years old to have their own personal cell phone. But times have changed and the cell phone companies now are producing several cell phones that are specifically designed with younger children in mind.
Four popular kid-friendly cell phones are the Verizon Migo, the Disney Moblie, the Tictalk and the Cingular Firefly.
All of these devices have large buttons and what is called a “Chaperone” feature that tells you where your child is at all times. When your son or daughter steps beyond the boundary that you have set up, you will receive an “Alert” on your phone. Parents are also able to choose the number of minutes used by the child and whom they may or may not call or accept calls from.
The childproof phones are sturdy and easy for a small child to handle. The Firefly has a large button with a woman stick figure on it and a man figure button to represent mommy and daddy. This makes it super easy for the child to call them when needed. The issue of losing the phone is a huge one that every family will need to work out on their own. There are many ways to attach the phone to your child pockets or backpack to make them secure.
How young is too young? Each family has their own standard of need and awareness of differing schedules and busyness. Technology can be a great help to our modern families and this is one of the ways it can even protect our small children.