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Add a child to cell phone account: when is best age

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10/02/14

It depends on the child's schedule I think it's ok for when they have a lot of after school activities. But that would be the only time I would allow my kids to have one when they are old enough to get a job and pay for one themselves they can have it more often I'd have them on the plan but they would have to pay me it gets them used to having bills before moving out on their own. In our house they have to work hard for big things like a DS or a playstation. Otherwise just giving it to them when they want it isn't teaching them values.

09/10/14

One to call home, I would say middle school--if he/she is responsible enough. I would not give my children one until they were teens and then it would be a prepaid one so there would be no outrageous charges and they would use their minutes responsibly. Since Jaina has Downs, she may not get one until she is a teenager and she can comprehend the responsibility of having one.

09/05/14

So we added our daughter when she was 12 and our son when he was 12 as well. We figured if they needed us in an emergency,they could call us. The bill never went up there where no problems with them carrying there phones in school. The bill only started getting expensive after we started getting them androids and iphones. Now my daughter lives in NY the data is a little crazy cause she uses the GPS and our son uses Spotify and Pandora. But we tell her when she is in a buliding that has WI-FI please use it.We monitor the data plan monthly.

09/02/14

Well i have had all 3 of my children on my cellphone plan and they are now all off! lol All cell companies sell you the dream when you add all these people to your account..until your first bill comes in and BAM data overages, this fee that fee..sooo..we actually switched our children over to tablets. They use our wifi in our house so no data is being used. BE CAREFUL though..make sure all of the data options are off! Some of these apps can cause major overages. My kids can call us using a Facebook Messenger (yes we monitor their FB) and can also text. If you want them to have phone i would just do prepaid!

07/18/14

my sons got one when they were old enough to be at sports practice alone.thats the main reason.when they were there and i couldnt be there til after work.i wanted them to be safe.its hard to find payphones anymore and wont leave my child alone even with a coach.nowadays

07/09/14

I believe a child is ready for a cell phone when he/she has proven that they are responsible enough for the device, but I am a firm believer in being "overprotective" with the way I monitor their usage of the device. In our household our teens do have cell phones our son is in high school and our daughters are now traveling to school without his guidance.. Yikes so it is important for me to be able to have a way to communicate with them in cases of emergency however when it comes to the internet I remotely monitor every aspect of their "social media life" I receive emails alerting me to activity that I have deemed inappropriate, so that if they ever attempt to access these sites I can have access to what they are seeing and end all future attempts at accessing whatever it is they have attempted to access.

06/07/14

My oldest is 11 and due to her sharing a home with myself then her Dad about 50/50 setup, it was best to get her a cell on my plan when she was 8 years old. She also is extremely mature for her age now as well as back then. There were boundaries set and she had a basic phone, no smart phone. Now she is 11 with an iPhone and she does well with it, respects rules and have zero issues with her having it. I don't allow it her in bedroom over night on school nights either.

04/06/14

it's necessary in order to function within the normal parameters of society... Not that normalcy itself is important to me, so much as I don't want my children to be any more socially stunted than they may by by the simple act of being my spawn. At least in my generation, technology has become the number one method of communication by far.

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