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  • fatlittlepig
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    I recommend installing the Life360 app. It’s a game changer for tracking your kids in real time.

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  • Lordosis
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    Originally posted by MPMD View Post
    one of my old partners had a pretty good approach to this with his middle school aged kids who had phones:

    1. it's not your phone, it's my phone that you borrow during the day
    2. no phones in bedrooms or bathrooms (i think this one is absolutely critical)
    3. when you get home from school phone goes on charger in the foyer, if you want to check it go to the foyer
    4. mom or dad can look at the phone at any point
    5. if you don't like rules 1-4 you can avoid all of them by not having a phone at all

    honestly i think there is a tech solution coming on this. i don't really care if my kids text with their friends when they are old enough but it seems like having phones that could send only text (no pics or vid, no social media) would be a really good thing.
    I am surprised there is not a "kids" phone that is slaved to a parent model where you can control and view what is happening. Maybe this exists and I don't know about it. My kids will not be getting phones anytime soon.

    Maybe a Switch, but I might be more excited for that!

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  • wideopenspaces
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    Originally posted by artemis View Post
    In my not-so-humble opinion, under age 16 is too young (and waiting until age 18 would be better). Smartphones take all the downsides of the internet (and especially of social media) and ramp it up to 11.
    For us it was a practical thing-- starting in 7th grade he wanted the freedom to roam the streets after school with his friends, spontaneously end up at someone's house or whatever and I wanted that for him too! While being able to know where he was easily. We tried the watch but he wouldn't ever wear it.

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  • burritos
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    For some kids when you withhold, they have a quantitative hyper response when finally given the device.

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  • MPMD
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    one of my old partners had a pretty good approach to this with his middle school aged kids who had phones:

    1. it's not your phone, it's my phone that you borrow during the day
    2. no phones in bedrooms or bathrooms (i think this one is absolutely critical)
    3. when you get home from school phone goes on charger in the foyer, if you want to check it go to the foyer
    4. mom or dad can look at the phone at any point
    5. if you don't like rules 1-4 you can avoid all of them by not having a phone at all

    honestly i think there is a tech solution coming on this. i don't really care if my kids text with their friends when they are old enough but it seems like having phones that could send only text (no pics or vid, no social media) would be a really good thing.

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  • artemis
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    In my not-so-humble opinion, under age 16 is too young (and waiting until age 18 would be better). Smartphones take all the downsides of the internet (and especially of social media) and ramp it up to 11.

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  • wideopenspaces
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    My 13 yo got a phone ( one of our old ones) for his birthday. He doesn't have social media though.

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  • childay
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    30% of 8 year olds?!?

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  • Kamban
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    My daughter received a smart phone only in 9th grade

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  • Brains428
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    If it were up to me, 18. I'll probably get outvoted by my wife.

    If kids only understood how much better it was to be 16 with a car and no tracking device.

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  • Tim
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    Old school method: Middle school (practice ended early or such) if they need it and high school for social purposes.
    Interesting to see the the jump at age 14.
    Old school is that phones weren't smart when my kids were that age. Phone and text then. Really old!

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  • bovie
    started a topic How young is too young?

    How young is too young?

    I see a dilemma in my future, especially with where technology and social media are/are heading, and the power of these devices--for good and bad.

    Begs the question: How young is too young to have a smart phone?

    And its corollary: At what age should a child have a smart phone?


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