Children and cell phones

Years ago middle child attended a different school then her siblings. Her school was a considerable distance from our house, and because she was occasionally walking back and forth, my husband and I decided it was best she had a cell phone for emergency purposes. We purchased her a simple pay and go phone with texting, and a few extra dollars were put on the phone in case she felt it necessary to call one of us. There was no data plan, thus there were no app’s installed. In cases of emergency, individuals can still dial 911 for police/ambulance/fire at no cost.

Now there are many arguments both good and bad, in regards to whether or not children in elementary school should have cell phones. In our case, we were extremely happy that our daughter did have a cell phone. Why? On one of her walks home from grade seven, in the company of other kids, a child in her class decided it would be fun to throw large, yes large rocks at my daughter and her friends. Well, one of the large rocks hit the entire right side of my daughters face. We were very lucky that her eye was not damaged but the side of her face was bruised and swollen for days after. By having a cell phone on her, she was immediately able to phone us.

One of the main reasons for today’s blog was because I read an excellent but very scary story on the Yummy Mummy Club’s website. It was about a child who thought she was texting another child, when in fact it was an adult posing as a twelve year old. If you would like to read the story, it’s called “TextPlus Scare” by Maureen Turner.

Note: The rock incident happened off school property but the elementary school my daughter attended had a fabulous Principal at the time. After speaking to her about the incident, she decided that even though the attack happened off school property after school hours, she still felt it would be appropriate that the child was punished. Sadly this child had been in trouble many times, and had inattentive parents, instead of suspension which is the punishment in most cases, we decided that the child should still attend school and an appropriate punishment would occur there.