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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
Dec 17, 2018
My daughter is entering the 8th grade at a new school and my husband and I are deciding whether or not it’s time to give her a smartphone of her own. Of course she wants one, but the real question for us is, does she need one? With all the flexible plans and multi-phone discounts available today, it may be easy and affordable to add a smartphone line for our child. However, there are some important issues we need to consider before making this decision. Here are some key questions to ask yourself before buying your child a smartphone:
Once you’ve gotten through the key questions, you now need to consider the pros and cons of placing that phone into your child’s hands on a regular basis. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of giving your kid a smart phone:
While we make our decision about a phone for our daughter, we are most intrigued by the safety aspect of giving her a phone. She has learning disabilities and this year she integrates into a new – and much larger – public school. A phone can provide her an easy way to keep in touch with her team if she gets lost in the school or wanders off campus. It will be a big boon to her making friends as well as improving her phone skills. We still have more to consider but I think it’s the right time to give our child a smart phone of her own.