Back to school is right around the corner. Families everywhere are the hunt for this years must-have back to school items. While for some its a new backpack or pencil case, others, like my DS11, its hopes of a cellphone.
A 2015 study by MediaSmarts, a Canadian not-for-profit focused on digital literacy, says over a quarter of students in Grade 4 own cellphones, and that skyrockets to 85 per cent by Grade 11. Some children as young as eight own phones.
This subject is a very touchy subject among parents in today’s society. The balance between the usefulness of technology in a child’s hand the health and social risks it imposes on our children’s health. The real question is what age is too young to have a phone and whether owning one will helps or harm your kids,
But is he ready for the other responsibilities that come with a cellphone?
As more and more children show up in class with a cellphone the pressure is on the parents to decided if this is viable option for their kids. For parents, smartphones are a way to keep in touch with your children while fostering independence where as for kids, mobile devices enable them to stay connected, access social media and participate in the digital age.
The decision to give your child a smartphone is a big one and there isn’t a perfect age at which to do so. Parents must consider their child’s maturity and ability to use a smartphone responsibly. TELUS WISE has developed a quiz to help parents decided if their children are ready for a cellphone. The quiz is aimed at assessing your child’s maturity level and if they truly understand and respect technology. Take the quiz HERE
Congratulations! Your Child’s ready for a Cellphone! Time to upgrade to a FAMILY PLAN!
Once you have decided a cellphone is right for your child and your family, its important to choose a family plan that fits your needs but is still easy to understand. TELUS has recently launched its digital rate plan builder. It is revolutionary program that moves you step by step through the research phase of setting up a family plan. You can customize the plan to suit your data, calling and phone preference needs. If you are looking to keep your family plan under a certain budget, you can play around with different variables to do so! It takes a lot of the guess work out of the cellphone plan equation, while letting you customize it to meet your families unique needs!
How old do you think a child should be to get a cellphone?