My oldest DD is 11 and there have been times in the last year where I have thought her having a mobile phone might be useful. For example, I often drop DD1 and DD2 at sport for 1.5 hours, or i let DD1 walk to friends houses/to local shops and *I* would feel better knowing we could easily make contct with each other. But, to be honest, she is almost never left in a situation where there isn't a responsible adult around so there isn't really any need for her to have a direct line of contact with me. I do also think its important to teach her coping strategies for when she is on her own- to learn how to quickly think and act rather than stop and call mum. I want her to understand that when she is unsure or frightened there are lots of well meaning people out there that will be willing to help her; teacher, coaches, other parents, shop staff etc. Her first point of call should not be to phone home, she should use her brains and the people around her! I want to have faith in her good sense.
At this stage, I am planning on charging up my old phone and putting a paid sim card in it when DD1 goes to high school in 2 years time. By that stage there will be large periods of time where when will be on her own and navigating various forms of public transport and going from place to place. So I think its appropriate for her to be able to communicate with me then. I imagine there will be strict rules in place about ite use.
Edited by Iwishicouldtype, 15 March 2011 - 09:34 AM.