Cell Phones, Pre-teens, and the Horrible Parent
We’ve all seen it before. A young girl, 8 or 9 years old, wanders around our place of employment or a store we frequent. There’s no sign of an adult accompanying her, but thankfully she has the almighty her cell phone in hand.
Unfortunately for this little girl and others like her, she’s being neglected by her parent. If someone wants to abduct your daughter, chances are the first thing they’re going to do is slap that phone right out of her hand. The majority of children under the age of 13 have no need for a cell phone, because they shouldn’t be in a situation where they’re left to wander around without adult supervision for extended periods of time.
These are, of course, only my personal opinions on the subject. Letting your child have a cell phone isn’t always a bad idea, but it’s up to the parents to not let it change how they care for their child. A good rule of thumb is that if your child’s baby sitter can fit in their pocket, they need a new one.