Who Buys Their Kid A Smart Phone?

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  1. Natey2

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    It's the peer-pressure. I know a dad who gave his 6-year old his old iPhone, and she plays Angry Birds on it. Many other 1st graders there pressure their parents for something similar now. These small kids know why an old iPhone is much better than a new flip phone. Lol.

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    I gave my old OG D to my little guy as something to play games on. It doesn't have service on it, but he can connect to our wifi. He does a good job asking before getting online. He usually only wants online to play a few of his games.

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    Peer pressure is tough. My oldest was being pressured by his friend to go to a party. I wouldn't let him go because I didn't feel comfortable. After his friends left, he thanked me for giving him an easier way out because his friends had been bugging him all week and he was getting sick of telling them he knew he couldn't go.

    I can see an old phone without internet access for a child to play games on at home or while traveling. But on their own, no way.

    My youngest actually got a non-data regular phone while still in high school. My rules were that I can check it whenever I want and that if he was ever caught using it during class means its gone. Fortunately my kids know that I say what I mean and mean what I say and that I actually go through the trouble to find out.

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    And darn, my kids still aren't perfect. You'd think they would be after all I did raising them.

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    Not saying you are wrong, quite the contrary...but anyone that let's peer group pressure from a class of kindergartners decide for them whether their own 6 year old gets a phone that retailed for $699 just a year ago, so they can play angry birds imho needs to re-evaluate their own parenting skills.

    Teaching a child at that age (or any age for that matter), that peer group pressure should be caved into and allowed to dictate their fate is setting them up for a life of inferiority complexes, depression and misery trying to "fit in", rather than promoting individuality, self-confidence and self-worth.

    This is flirting with disaster IMHO.

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    My son of 9 is in the same boat. He's got my D2, but only while at home or while out on family excursions. It has no phone service, but I do allow wifi, again, just to try new games or update existing games.

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    Exactly, imo that is a perfect way to start teaching your child internet safety and limits...where it can be discussed and supervised.

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    He knows that he can't play with it without asking & without one of us. I did set up a Gmail account so he could download his own games (free & ones that I approved). Plus he likes to email us from his own account.

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    Interesting...I set up my own gmail account (same one as on my MAXX) on my son's so I can see what he's downloading right on my own apps list, I can test them myself, and could if need be, make immediate "adjustments".

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    I have his account on my phone as well. I made sure he knows that I can check his account anytime I want.

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    Absolutely!!!
     
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    Ahh...so that's how you did it. I hadn't thought about that. There's more than one way to solve most problems. :D

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