My husband and I have been discussing when to get our daughter a cell phone. She’s 11 and he wants to wait until she’s 13 and in high school. I think it’s ok for her to have one now. He seems to be stuck on a number, says she’s just too young and argues that a cell phone “opens the door up” for cyberbullying and sexting. I would like her to have the phone to stay connected and for emergency situations. I think there’s no single answer or number that’s right for every parent and every child. There is much more to consider.
She is very mature for her age (she is our only child), very responsible and would respect the boundaries we would place on her with usage and apps and how to use the phone safely and appropriately. Since she already has access to the internet, we’ve had many conversations with her about safety online so I am not as concerned as he is on that point. He just won’t budge. Any thoughts on how to approach this from other parents who have been through this? M in Kitchener
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