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Can I "just say no" to cell phones?
Many parents "just say no" to phones for their kids and their kids do just fine. It's up to you whether you think your kid is responsible enough to handle a phone and whether you want the added expense and vigilance. But there are two sides to the argument for getting kids a cell phone. (And no, we're not taking their side!) It can allow kids to have more independence. And they can actually use it for school: some teachers allow kids to text questions and some require kids to use specific study apps on their smartphones.
There could also be real social costs for kids who don't have phones. They'll be left out of texting with their friends or joining multiplayer games after school. Another thing to consider is that very few public phones exist anymore. And as your kid gets older and more independent, you might want to be able to stay in touch with her wherever she is.
Maybe you just don't want to buy into a tech-obsessed, always connected culture. You can still pass along your values by modeling the phone habits you want your kid to pick up -- while still staying in touch.
Do you say "yes" or "no" to cell phones for your kids?