Should a Cell Phone be on Your Back to School List?

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Every year, we create a back to school list for our children.  It includes things such as backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper, perhaps clothing, etc.  But should it also include a cell phone?

While the kids will (of course) say yes, some parents are still left wondering whether giving their child a cell phone is appropriate; especially if they are taking it to school.

According to Pew Research, 75% of children ages 12 to 17 own a cell phone.  The parents of these children say the reason for supplying the cell phone is safety – that and the ability to reach their child at any time no matter where they might be.

But, adding a cell phone to a back to school list has less to do with safety and more to do with social.  According to Pew, by the time they reach the 6th grade, kids are already under peer pressure to have one; with many spending more time texting their friends than they do talking to them by phone or even face-to-face.

So what makes it appropriate for a child to have a cell phone for back-to-school? One indicator is maturity level.  When a child is ready and willing to obey the rules set by parents and teachers regarding their phone, perhaps it is time.  If not, then perhaps they should wait awhile.

If you are considering a cell phone for your child; why not consider an old cell phone that’s been refurbished? Many popular cell phones are recycled and resold at reduced prices; making them perfect and affordable as a child’s cell phone.