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Should Working Mothers Get a Cell Phone for Child?

Cell phones have simplified the lives of working mothers. These cell phones have a downside also, thus before getting a cell phone for the child one needs to weigh the pros and cons. Is it ok to get your child a cell phone? Read on the answers for some questions about getting a cell phone for a child revolving in your mind.

There are times I have to stay late in the office.  There are times my son gets home late after his tuitions. I would like to know where he is at all times.  Should I get him a cell phone?

Should Parents Get Cell Phone for Children?

There are all kinds of strong views on this subject.  There are parents who feel that getting their child a cell phone sends them the wrong signals.  They feel it is a case of overspending and spoiling a child.  Then there are those that believe that cell phones cause health problems, including brain tumours. 

Some parents say that a cell phone decreases a person’s ability and memory, as they do not need to memorise numbers or remember things for themselves.  Statistically, it would be interesting to know whether these aforementioned people have cell phones themselves, or whether or not they are working parents trying to bring up their children without a whole team of grandparents, aunts and nurses to help them.

Benefits of Getting a Cell Phone for Child

The truth is that sometimes and in certain situations it is a great help for a working mother to know that she can get in touch with her child at any time.  There are times when you need to work late and can call your child wherever she might be, to give her instructions or information.  If you have ever been in a situation where your child is not home and it is past the time when she normally returns, you will realise that there are situations in which a cell phone with your child can be invaluable.  So the answer to this question will depend upon your circumstances.

Why Does a Child Need Cell Phone?

The main factors to determine whether your child needs a cell phone are these – who is looking after her whilst you are at work?  If it is someone responsible, totally trustworthy and concerned for the welfare of your child, then you may be able to do without it.  Does your child go out, to classes or otherwise, on her own or without her care giver with her?  If she does, it will be convenient for her to have a phone.

Disadvantages of Getting a Cell Phone for Child

You must remember that cell phones today come with their own downside.  Your child might spend too much time gossiping or texting on the phone. There is a great deal of pornography being sent back and forth on cell phones.  One also gets a fair share of crank callers on one’s cell phone.  Your child might lose a cell phone.  The cost apart, all her messages, pictures and friends circle will be available to anyone who finds it.  You need to weigh such pros and cons before deciding whether to purchase one for your child.

Follow these tips and you will find that this is a better way to judge whether your child needs a cell phone or if he does not. Based on the above factors you can also select a basic phone model for your child with basic features for keeping him away from the threats of cell phones.

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