“I will buy my dauggter a smartphone when it is convenient and necessary for ME that she has a phone.”
I read this while browsing some interesting questions on Quora, and in my humble opinion, this should be your answer when someone asks if you will get your kids a phone. Why am I so strict? A mobile phone carries a big amount of responsibility, and we have to agree that children by nature are not very responsible creatures. Most phones have internet access and that has shown to be extremely dangerous, not only in the hands of a child, but in the hands of irresponsible and reckless adults too.
Why I won’t buy my daughter a smartphone
Well, you may say that they need the phone for the emergency purposes. I don’t agree, but ok. I won’t buy my daughter a smartphone until she is responsible enough. Do they need to have smart phone for emergencies? No.
So, if you are getting the phone for emergency only, then the phone should be a “simple” phone rather than a “smart” phone.
Before getting them a phone, you and your children need to be educated about the risks of having such unlimited access to the internet. It’s incredibly dangerous and I can’t repeat that enough times. If you think: “But not my kid, he is only 6 years old, what could he possibly do with his phone?”. You would be absolutely appalled at what children do when their parents aren’t watching.
Ok, you need to buy them a phone. But you are the parent and that is in fact YOUR phone. YOU and only you are legally responsible for what your child does with it. They don’t need privacy with an electronic device. You need to have unlimited access to all apps, photos, conversations… That will keep your kids safe on their phones.
Also, there are a number of measures you can take like: kids mode, restricted call access etc. As they get older and become more responsible you can start to lift some of the restrictions.
Smartphones are so dangerous in the hands of irresponsible people and can lead to some really devastating situations. That is why I won’t buy my daughter a smartphone, until ME AND MY HUSBAND think it’s necessary for us that she has a phone.