How do I know if my child really needs a cell phone or just wants one?
The security and safety of your child are of course your first priorities when deciding to purchase a cell phone. Cell phones ease many parents' concerns about their children's well being, and for many independent kids, cell phones offer security knowing that their parents are just a phone call away.
It is important, if you decide to purchase a phone for your child, to set some boundaries. Clearly explaining the parameters for using the phone and the responsibility that it holds may keep some of your concerns at bay. You might also consider limiting times when your child can use the phone: for example, when he leaves for school, goes to the mall or visits a friend's house.