Dads More Likely Than Moms to Give Kids Their First Cell Phones

Parents might want to have a discussion about certain decisions to make sure they're on the same page. Failure to do so could land you in a game of Family Feud you never wanted to play. Thanks to modern technology, kids these days have access to items we never would dream of having back in the day -- but does that mean they should automatically get them? According to a new study by Sprint and Techlicious, dads are saying yes to elementary kids having cell phones.


Maybe this is no big deal in your household, but I had to stop and take a pause. Once both of my boys reach elementary school, do I want them to have a cell phone? Obviously I don't expect for them to run up a high bill (at least, not that young I hope), but is it a good idea?

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While the study points out most kids don't receive smartphones until they get to middle school -- which happens to be the age group moms OK (coincidence, I think not) -- daddies seem to be more comfortable with their child having one as early as the first grade. Moms, on the other hand, are a bit more hesitant, as roughly 1 in 4 women surveyed gave the thumbs up. This of course is in comparison to the 37 percent of guys who probably responded, "Yeah, sure, why not."

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This is obviously a personal choice, as I don't really think there is a right or wrong decision. All families face a different set of circumstances that will dictate their call to action. While many little ones I see in my Oklahoma town (I live near an elementary school) aren't on cell phones, I recall many New York City kids dialing up their folks as they rode the subway solo after school.

No matter what age you deem appropriate, just make sure you set some ground rules for your kids to follow. After all, cell phones are addictive as is, so there's no need to introduce bad habits early.


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