Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Say no to smart phones

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I’m about to jump off a cliff and get myself in trouble. Kids don’t need smart phones.

There, I said it.

We have computers for Internet access and a 12- or even 16-year-old doesn’t need to be able to google Justin Bieber from her cell phone. Don’t our kids have enough electronic distractions?

Then there’s the cost. Of course, I know plenty of parents who shell out the extra $30 per phone, per month, so their kid (or kids) can use a smart phone. I’m just not one of them.

Our oldest was 24, a college graduate and gainfully employed before he got a smart phone, which he pays for himself and also needs for work e-mail since he travels for his job. Next in line, I know G, at 21, wants one. He was inquiring about it while home from college over Thanksgiving. Sorry. Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent (and yes, I am mimicking Dana Carvey’s impression of George Bush No. 1 when I say that out loud). And K, our high school senior, knows not to even bring up the subject.

Our two youngest have phones from which they can call and text to their heart’s desire, or as any situation warrants.

Sure, they can get a smart phone — when they pay for it themselves.

2 Responses

  1. Gypsy says:

    Frankly, I don’t think ANYONE “needs” ANY of the electronic gizmos out there – smart phones, iPads, GPS’s, etc. It seems to me that the general public has become conditioned to believe that every time some new item shows up on the market it’s imperative to rush out and spend hundreds of dollars in order to have the “next new thing”. If they feel they simplh HAVE to have these things, if only they’d wait a while the price will come down significantly. And speaking of GPS, what’s wrong with using a MAP?? As for “smart phones”, I don’t want or need one. I don’t even have a real cell phone, I bought a fourteen-dollar TracFone from WalMart with double minutes, so every time I purchase airtime I get twice the minutes for the same money. Who needs an expensive cell phone or commitment to a yearly cell phone plan? NOT ME!

  2. Brianna says:

    Agree. They’re almost too expensive even for ME to own and I’m a grown woman!