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by Rebecca on August 20, 2012


One of the big issues that arise when one of our kids goes off to middle school is: How are we going to keep in touch?

Even though I feel strongly that kids need their own space, there is no way around the fact that daily life separates our family and that staying connected becomes logistically imperative.

OIdest got a cell phone a few days before he entered the giant, intimidating doors of middle school, and Middle is reminding us of this fact every day.

“When am I going to get a phone?”

A few months ago MFP and I collectively spent about 8 hours on the phone with our internet/cell phone provider trying to figure out a way to cut our monthly bill. So, the idea of calling them again to add another phone and another 2-year contract seemed unappealing, to say the least.

Luckily I recently heard about MetroPCS, the nation’s most affordable 4G LTE service, with plans starting at $40 – taxes and regulatory fees included. Basically, you can choose any plan and any device and change at any time to fit your lifestyle and evolving needs. Like your middle child catching you off guard by heading off to middle school where he will be staying after school for sports practices, etc. Or where he is in danger of being the least-cool kid at school without a phone.

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Recently I had the pleasure of testing out the service, which includes unlimited talk, text and data with a Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G, which is quite affordable at $199 (+ tax and after mail-in rebate, for a limited time).

Middle was jumping up and down with excitement when the phone arrived; unfortunately, he was shipped off to camp a day later.

But don’t think we haven’t used the phone he left behind.

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Monday Youngest started golf camp on a course that is about a ten minute drive away. I dropped him off and sped off to pick up Oldest from cross country practice and then raced home to take my run and shower.

Around 11:30 a.m. I told Oldest I was heading back to the golf course to pick up Youngest a bit early, since I wanted to see his swing in action.

However, when I arrived the counselor told me nonchalantly that the camp day ended at 11:30 a.m. and that my son was most likely standing on the green waiting for me.

Except he wasn’t.

“Err, maybe he’s in the restaurant?” the counselor offered.

No dice.

At this point people with walkie-talkies began swarming around us.

“There’s a kid on the 18th hole. Maybe that’s him?”

We walked silently in that direction, though I knew Youngest would not stroll out to the 18th hole.

As we rounded the corner I saw a runner walking with a small boy whose gait looked suspiciously familiar.

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“I think that’s him!” I shouted and ran over to the lady.

“I found him over there by that palm tree and I thought he was lost…”

After a few tears, Youngest explained his dilemma.

“A mom told me to call you but I didn’t have a phone. And then she offered hers but I couldn’t remember your number. And then I told her that I would just wait for you but you didn’t come and I was really sad.”

Immediately I knew that, due to everyone going in different directions, he needed to take a phone with him the next day to camp, even if just to feel more secure.

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I made myself a contact and showed him how to find my number so he could call me if he was worried about anything.

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Oldest has also used the phone numerous times, explaining we could Skype with each other if we needed to.

“That’s silly, because you are always here,” I said.

But he isn’t. In fact, at 15 he travels with his cross country team, his Boy Scout troop and goes out with friends. If he’d had the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G when he was out of town last week, he would have been able to show us the view from the mountain he spent two weeks climbing, because rear and front facing cameras allow you to chat face-to-face on the touchscreen display.

He did call us, and he used brilliant language to describe what he saw, but it would have been amazing to see the view he worked so hard to enjoy.

In addition to easier communication, we also have access to Rhapsody Unlimited Music, which Oldest plays while we are driving around to our activities. Luckily we agree on most of the selections, save a few which conjure up scary images of sitting in the backseat of a friend’s car in Colorado screaming through a snow storm.

“Bad memories, dude. You are going to have to change it.”

“Alright.”

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For now, MetroPCS service and the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G phone have become more indispensable than Charlie, who seems to be the only one who couldn’t care less about keeping in touch.

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“Some time to myself would be just fine, thank you very much…”

Do any of your children’s friends have phones? What do they use them most for?

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{ 102 comments… read them below or add one }

Mami2jcn August 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

My oldest is 9 and has asked about having a cell phone, but I don’t think he’s old enough. I would say 12 years old. None of his friends have phones yet. I’ve seen his friends playing with his parents’ phones, though. I think they play games on them.

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Mami2jcn August 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

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Elis B. August 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Elis B. August 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm
Elena August 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

My son is 10 years old, and he will get his phone in one year. Most of his friends already have phones.

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Elena August 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Stephanie August 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

i have a friend who gave her 8 yr old a phone way to young for it lol

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Stephanie August 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Jessica To August 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

My son is 9 and one of his classmates showed him his phone. I think it was more for bragging rights than for phone calls!

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

I see that a lot! They feel like they need one to fit in with their friends. It’s crazy how young they start all of this technology, isn’t it?

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Kelly Massman August 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

My son has one (but he is 18 now). He uses it for texting mostly! ha don’t they all; anyway, he got his when he was 16 after he got his first job and could pay for it himself. Thanks kmassman gmail

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

I love to hear about kids paying for things like cell phones themselves! Love it.

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Amanda Sakovitz August 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm

One of my friend’s children is 10 and they have a phone. I think it is good for emergency situations.

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

Perfect for that, but I guess it is one more thing to monitor for a lot of parents. Still, they come in handy..

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Amanda Sakovitz August 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm
Livivua Chandler August 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

they have phones and love texting plus sending messages of themselves

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

Yeah, I see that a lot.

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Michelle Rosborough August 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Staying in contact with family

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

I think it’s important, especially if both parents work.

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steph August 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

baby is in utero so no phone/friends there, but i use my phone to call my mom about every other day, and texting rarely. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/238502438523523072

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

Watch out. They come out of the womb with thumbs ready! JK. Congrats on the baby on the way! Thankfully you have many years in which to avoid this conversation…

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steph August 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm
Alaine August 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

Yes! Mostly used for emergency situations.
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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

I think having an extra phone around for emergencies is really important.

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Harmony B August 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

None of my kids friends have phones they are still young

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

I get that. I made mine wait until Middle school, which seems reasonable.

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Harmony B August 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm
Erik August 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

My daughter is 10 years old and already has asked for a cell phone. She claims all her cousins and friends have one. I still think she is too young. I think that the best time for her to have one would be when she enters junior high. I imagine that all the kids her age use their phones to send each other text messages.

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

I think middle school is age appropriate. That’s when they gain a bit of independence and may need to call you to pick them up, etc. Elementary school is quite young, but it really depends on the situation. Some of my friends work on the other side of the city and give their young children phones so that they can keep in touch…

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Erik August 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm
Tiffany Winner August 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

my daughter is still too young for a phone but i bet some of her friends have them already. My nieces seem to text every minute of the day!
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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

My friends who have girls seem to have more of a problem with all-hours-of-the-day texting. My kids aren’t completely dedicated to around the clock communication. Yet!

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Tiffany Winner August 25, 2012 at 11:10 am
susitravl August 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Yes-my friends kids have cell phones. Text, text, text all the time!

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Rebecca August 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

I am not a huge fan of them texting all the time, I have to say.

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Livivua c August 26, 2012 at 5:14 am
Thomas Murphy August 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm
Lisa Brown August 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

My children, their friends, all have cell phones and they text and text and text :)

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Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly August 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Yes seems like all the kids around here have Cell Phones!

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sy August 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Karina Lee August 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm

my daughter is only 1.5 so i don’t think any of her friends have phones yet ;)

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Rebecca August 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

Ha ha, thank goodness. Let them be kids for a while.

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Karina Lee August 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm
Denise L August 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

My daughter is 20 so yes all of her friends have phones and they use them for everything! Seriously she barely cracks open that $$$ laptop I bought her when she went off to college. Her android phone is her portal to the world.

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Rebecca August 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

I am also guilty of using my phone more than my laptop! It’s so easy for checking mail, etc.

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Denise L August 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm
Jessie C. August 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm

DDs are still too young to have cell phones and none of their friends have. I have seen some elder ones in their play group ( 10 yr old) uses cell phones for texting and games.

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Rebecca August 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

I think most kids in that age range do mostly use the phone to play games, unfortunately.

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Jessie C. August 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm
Kim (TheMoney-Pit) August 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

My kids are too young for phones. Thank goodness!

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Rebecca August 31, 2012 at 6:57 am

I definitely miss the days of not having to manage household technology!

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Amy Tong August 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm

No, none of my kids’ friends has a cell phone yet. They are still too young. But I think they’ll all get one soon, when they turn 11 or 12.

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Debbie Fabre September 1, 2012 at 3:31 am

All of my child’s friends have cell phone. They MOSTLY use the to text message to one another.

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Michelle H. September 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

My daughter and her friends all have cell phones, they spend a lot of time texting but also my daughter and friend use Facetime to talk and have conversations. They even compare outfits since they can each see the other on their phones.

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Michelle H. September 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm
MARISSIA WATKINS September 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm
cw September 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

No, I don’t have any friends that have kids with phones (my friends and I have kids under age 7).

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Tina M September 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

My friends kids have cell phones. they text and play games

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Tina M September 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Rick C September 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I am a parent of a 17 year old. I remember getting my son a phone around 11 years of age. It is a vital tool for communication for the family. Teenagers love them.

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Miguelina Salvador September 5, 2012 at 12:01 am

now days for emergencies kids should have their cell phones

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Rebecca September 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

I agree, especially if they are away from parents for an extended amount of time.

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Miguelina Salvador September 5, 2012 at 12:03 am
carmen September 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I don’t have any children but the teens I know do not have their own phones; they borrow their parents’ if they are going somewhere.

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Rebecca September 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

My kids have borrowed my phone a lot in the past. Now we need them both so that they can contact me when we are both out and about…

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Debbie B September 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

i don’t have any small children but many of my friends do and their
kids all have phones – they are around 11-12 years old

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Rebecca September 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Yeah, seems to be the norm these days.

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Debbie B September 9, 2012 at 11:20 am
Janice Cooper September 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm

My cousin’s kids have a pay as you go phone for emergency situations only. They are 10-13

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Rebecca September 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I also know a lot of kids who have this kind of phone.

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Janice Cooper September 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Gina M September 10, 2012 at 7:10 am

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Gina M September 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

My son is only a toddler, so I am not sure. I think it is not a bad idea to let some kids have them for emergencies.

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Rebecca September 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Yes, phones have saved us more than once when we were stuck in traffic, etc.

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Brandy September 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

My little guy is a bit small, but our neighbor kids do. I have no idea how they use them!

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Kitty September 13, 2012 at 5:04 am

Don’t know any children younger than 12 or 13 that have a cellphone.

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Leslie September 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

My oldest daughter is 8 and a handful of her friends have cell phones, mainly to call home and that’s it.

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Betty C September 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

My children are all adults now with cell phones and their friends as well. I’m not a big fan of cell phones because for some reason it’s now okay to interrupt meals, text almost non-stop and share even the most trivial information by phone. Actual conversation is going by the wayside and I can’t say enough about the poor grammar and the lack of ability to spell.

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Rebecca Graham September 15, 2012 at 12:52 am

They have phones and text all day long.

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Kerry September 15, 2012 at 5:25 am

My 12 year old takes our “home cell phone” with him when he is going to different activities or friends houses. Other than that he doesn’t use it much.

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Ashley Tucker September 15, 2012 at 7:20 am

I don’t have kids yet, but I see lots of kids with cell phones.

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Ashley Tucker September 15, 2012 at 7:21 am
nannypanpan September 15, 2012 at 8:09 pm

no, he’s too little but he loves to play games on my phone
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freebies city September 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Staying in contact with family

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Tina M September 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

yes. they talk , text and play games

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Tina M September 17, 2012 at 8:09 am
Tabathia B September 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Yes they do and they seem to play games on the apps or text their friends
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Tabathia B September 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm
Betty C September 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm
Stephanie September 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

i have some friends who have let there kids have cell phones

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Stephanie September 18, 2012 at 9:26 am
Melinda September 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

mostly for the FB app!

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Melinda September 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Sean September 18, 2012 at 12:13 pm

a relative had a phone at age 9, but I think that’s too young

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Christina Tong September 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

My children’s friends have phones, they usually text, play games and listen to music.

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Christina Tong September 20, 2012 at 1:47 am
angie lilly September 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

I don’t have kids, so can’t really answer that question. I will say, if I did have kids, they would only use their cell phones for emergencies. Any non-emergency use would be free usage that came with the phone and it would be a pay-as-you-go plan too…no surprise bills for me! LOL

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angie lilly September 20, 2012 at 8:25 am
BETH B September 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

all of my 14yo’s friends have phones &they are constantly texting each other or checking their friends FB status’ etc… My 8yo has a few friends that have phones but they mostly use it for calling home to check in

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