Smart or Dumb?
A smart phone or a flip phone? What is the hoopla about, anyhow? It’s out there, and it’s all around us. Sometimes it seems like we’re preaching to the choir. I’m talking about the hoopla about cell phones. Internet. Social Media. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. All those other apps no parent has any sense letting their kids have. Many of those apps and games you don’t even know about. How many parents know about these, for example?:
Trouble is, it’s easier to give in and let them have what they want than to keep saying No or keep trying to explain why. Saying No, no, no gets old. Really fast.
Some parents let their kids have a smart phone. Other parents think their kids only need to have a flip phone – with no internet. What should we do?
Think about it. It’s a stupid reason to give in to a kid and give him a smart phone just because he begs and because he wants one. Perhaps the real reason we give in is because we don’t want to be different from other parents, nor do we want to be the odd ball out, or the old-fashioned out-of-touch-of-reality parents. So we give in. Again.
A flip phone all the way
Let me tell you something. Your child does not need a smart phone. He’s smarter than you. He can hide things and fake you out. You’ll never see what he does with his phone – or half the apps he has. He’s smarter than that. He’s smarter than you.
He needs a phone? Get him a flip phone with no internet access. If he really needs a phone, get him a flip phone. It will do the job, save you money, and give him some protection.
He needs a smart phone? Please tell me why.
Send me an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Explain to me why your child has a smart phone. I want to know. I really want to know.