A few weeks ago…sure you are ready?
Hunter asked for a cell phone.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *Snort* Woooooo! hahahahahahaha
Still really stinking funny.
Now my stomach hurts.
Hubby and I are one-cell-phone house. That’s right…we have one cell phone for both of us, and it is $19 flip phones that does NOTHING. Hubby is even resistant to that one, and I don’t use it as much as friends of ours do. We rely on the land line, that is our communication tool 99.9% of the time! We use about 200 minutes a month and send less than 100 texts…total…for both of us, and that is mostly me texting.
We, meaning Hunter’s Mom and us, have agreed that until Hunter has a job there is no need for him to have a cell phone. I have seen WAY too many kids with cell phones in school using them during tests, texting their parents (a co-workers kids do this ALL THE TIME, drives her nuts) and even losing their phones for using them during class times.
Our other reason is that Hunter is not in activities at this point. He is home, or at our home. When he is at bowling we are too since Boo is so much younger than he is. When he is out and about it is with an adult so we don’t worry. It is just the way his life is right now. Same with Boo.
I have heard many thoughts on young teens/tweens getting cell phones, and they just don’t sway us. We all agree that Hunter is too young and does not have the need for one. If at some point before he turns 16 things change, we will revisit.
I grew up in the time when NO ONE had a cell phone. I remember when my Dad got one for work, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. This was before the “Zach Morris Phone” but when they only came in a bag that HAD to be plugged in for it to work. It was awesome.
Then of course he got the “Zach Morris Phone” and that was the coolest thing ever.
But we were never allowed to get one, we never even had pagers (unless we snuck one in…but I NEVER did that…of course not…I was the perfect child…or something). My parents believed that if we wanted to talk to someone, call them. You don’t need a cell phone or pager to do that (do they even MAKE pagers anymore?).
I know that technology is a great thing, I do. Look at all I can do because of technology. Look at how so many jobs and evolved because of the new technology that comes out everyday. But does that mean we must follow suit with each thing?
I told someone last week that technology was a perk, but not really an expected thing. If I go to see a doctor it is because they are the doctor that I want to see, if they can pull up my full medical history with a few keystrokes, great. If not, they are still a great doctor that I want to see.
Many people put so much stock into cell phones. Lawmakers are seeing the problems that cell phones can pose to drivers. There are bans being put into place left and right saying that Teens are NOT allowed to use their cell phone AT ALL while driving. Best ban ever. I had my first accident 2 weeks after I got my license, I can only imagine what is going on with teen drivers NOW.
Can I say right now that in 5 years when Boo is 13 it will be the same? No, you never know what will happen in life to change the circumstances, but for right now our kids need to focus on being kids. They need to learn the responsibility of being a child, young teen and teen before they can venture into that realm of it all.
You should see my reaction to kids having their own computers! That one is a hoot too!
What do you think? Do your kids have cell phones? What is your families age requirement?