I have made it no secret that I don’t think kids in elementary school need cell phones. I have been arguing with my girls who are now 10 & 11 for about 2 years over it. Many of their friends have them and so of course they wanted them too. I held my ground through the constant nagging and I am happy to say they survived. LOL This year however, my 11 yr old Abbie started middle school. And so when the subject was brought up this past week I agreed to let her get one. There are many reasons why I held out until middle school and since I am a research nut I want to give you my top 3 reasons why you should wait too. Along with that I will share which Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web plan I chose to get my new middle schooler.
Top 3 Reasons to Wait Until Middle School to Get Cell Phone With Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data/Web
1. Responsibility Comes With Maturity ~ We all know that each child is different and each child matures at a different rate. When it comes to the responsibility of having a cell phone the longer you can wait the better chance that they will respect your rules and be able to make better choices in regards to phone usage. From a social work perspective and my years of schooling (yeah I know LOL), the middle school years are the start of the formal operational stage which is the fourth and final stage of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. This stage is when kids start to use logical thought, deductive reasoning, and systematic planning. Which means they are able to be more responsible for things they can control like a cell phone.
2. Safety ~ Middle school for my daughter, as with many other kids across the country, means many scary firsts. The biggest one is going to a school they know little about. For her this is especially true because we moved over the summer. Another first is that for her, she will be switching classrooms for every class. I have to say it is as scary for me as it is for her. Not that I don’t trust the school to keep my daughter safe but as a mom your going to worry. The last first is that she will be doing after school cheerleading. While I am super excited for her to be involved with after school activities it also brings on safety concerns. Those concerns include trusting the after school staff and the office staff leaving in the afternoon. Once the office closes there is no phone for her to call me from in an emergency or if something changes and she needs to be picked up early. Having a cell phone will give her (and me) the feeling of safety knowing she can reach me or her Dad any time she needs to.
3. Cost ~Let’s be honest cell phones and having to replace them can be expensive. Not to mention the phone usage can nearly make you bankrupt. LOL Ok that is a bit of an exaggeration but it can be pricey. That’s where Walmart Mobile Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web and cell phones come in super handy. After looking at adding another line to our current phone plan we decided to look into other options. While at Walmart shopping we stopped into the electronics department to look at the phones and cell plans that they offered. I have to say I was surprised at all the options. The Walmart Mobile Unlimited Talk Text and Data/Web plan for $34.88 INSTANTLY caught my eye. First because it is WAY cheaper then what I am currently paying and second because I thought “Now that is a monthly bill I don’t mind adding to the budget”. We also looked at all the phone available and were pleasantly surprised to find the Alcatel One Touch Fierce was on rollback for $100. It had everything that Abbie wanted in a phone but wasn’t overpriced. So we decided that would be her first cell phone.
One of my favorite features of the Walmart Mobile Plans is the Family Controls Feature. The Family Controls feature lets the primary account holder (Me) manage access for other lines on the account in the following ways:
- Limit how many minutes or messages can be used by any line on the account
- Block usage at certain times of day
- Set up to ten Always Allowed and Never Allowed numbers for each line
- Block 411
- Receive alerts when lines on your account reach or exceed a Family Controls limit
- Assign another line Parent Line permissions
LOVE IT!!! Everything she wants and Everything as a parent I want! You really can’t beat it. School for us just started so we will see how Abbie handles the responsibility of having her own cell phone. Here is to hoping she has a wonderful 1st yr in middle school and that we don’t have to replace her phone before Christmas. 😉