My dd1 got her's for her 10th birthday in July this year. She hasnt even used £10 credit yet bless her so its good she isnt abusing it.
Mainly she will text a few school mates and her dad uses it to call her (brilliant means I dont have him calling me!) But then she doesnt go out on her own around the village so has no need to call me in an emergency either.
Her phone is only a cheapy from argos (think it was about £25 with £10 free credit) wouldn't think of buying her something better until she is older.
I know of kids dd1's age who get through £50 credit a month that's crazy!
I agree once they start secOndary school, I have 13 & 10 yr old step daughters. The older one got bought pho e for her 11th birthday (which I disagree with) as now the 10 yr old is expecting one for her 11th birthday!! Although she has accepted that she does t need one but still causes issue.
I did t get phone til I was 18 and I had 1 1/2 hour bus journey to school I survived without phone!!!
I know i am nowhere near this stage yet but i would of thought at the start of secondary school. Before this age i wouldn't be letting DS out somewhere where i couldn't get hold of him if needed, or vice versa.
My sons are 8 and almost 7 and they both have mobiles, mainly so I can keep in touch with them when they are out or if they need to get in touch with me in an emergency. Youngest onyl really got one cos oldest had one and of course it wasn't fair haha! TBH, over the winter when they have not been out the phones haven;t been touched and I can't tell you the last time they had charge in them lol...plus they are only £20 phones so not expensive x
At around 13 or 14 I'll probably end up getting them a cheap pay as you go phone with a limited monthly amount of cash I'm willing to put into it. If they want to save their own money for extra time/texts/whatever they're more than welcome. Anything other than that I view as really not necessary and if they want something fancier or with a contract they're welcome to get one when they have a job and can pay for it.
I will be getting my daughters one on their 11th birthdays just before they start secondary school, I want them to be able to contact me and vice versa when needed and that will be the age they will start walking to school alone and i imagine spending more time out and about with their friends.
I want them to have one just as much as i imagine they will want one. x
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