I speak to parents about digital citizenship and their children's access to, and use of, devices such as cell phones, tablets and computers. Whether speaking to parents of elementary or high school students, I am always asked a variation of the following question – At what age should I give my child their own cell phone?
There is no right age or magic number answer to that question! Instead I ask parents to answer the following questions:
Now look at your answers – is your child ready to have a cell phone? You decide. You are the parent. The decision is yours not your child’s.
If you now decide that your child is ready to have a cell phone, add the following to their Contacts:
Name = ICE (in case of emergency). Contact information leads to you.
Maureen Baron is at the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) as an Information and Communications Technologies Education Consultant. She is a member of DKG Quebec, Beta Chapter, and serves as a technology consultant.