14 answers

7 Year Old and Cell Phone?

my daughter is 7 will be 8 in january, doing exceptionally well in school and above average in reading, very independent. She goes to a babysitter who is only 13 (not home alone without an adult for long) she keeps her for 30 min in the morning and only about an hour in the afternoon without an adult figure home. She has been riding the bus to the high school because her babysitter has a basketball camp at the high school and has been calling me to let me know that she made it to her babysitter ok (babysitter's mom picks them up from the school). We live in a rural area and i'm thinking about getting her a prepaid cell phone so she can contact me directly without having to be home and start home alone before and after school skills (we are surrounded by family where we live). let me clarify the cell phone idea, a 10.00 pp phone from wal-mart so if she loses it, no biggie, also her dad and step mom argue more often than not to the point she's in tears and sometimes pees her pants, but wont let her call me if she wants to come home so...that's another reason for a phone

Think she's too young for this? she knows not to answer the door to ANYONE unless i say other wise or the phone...period. and we've practiced using a "code" for when i call that code tells her she can answer.

she has had the opportunity to watch her older step sister who is 14 with her things. just for practice she carries a purse and knows from watching her older sister that if a purse is left out in the open in my car, it's mine, no questions no chances so she does pretty good with that and on daily routine's she reminds me of things i may have forgot.
In response to some of your posts

Ladies, I did fail to mention that I did call DHS on her dad and step mom and even denied him visitation rights at the authority of the case workers until the investigation was done, not only because they were fighting but because her dad was allowing step mom to shower with her actually IN the shower taking a shower WITH her. I asked him on a consistent basis to quit allowing and every excuse he gave is that step mom would throw a fit for not having her way. That has stopped since the DHS phone call. Also, I complained about the fighting around my daughter; they also admitted to it, and were suggested to go to parenting and marriage counseling by DHS. The showering stopped immediately when the case worker talked to them in their house, the arguing did too, and they did really good, but it’s slowly picking up. And sad part is, it’s about stuff that doesn’t even pertain to step mom-usually concern’s my daughter and its things she just needs to butt out of.
Ne who I’m fixing to take him back to court to get child support ordered (a whole other story) and in lieu of that process I will see if I will qualify or have enough against him to get full custody of her, or at least get the right to deny visitation if the fighting continues. I have proof of it from them admitting it to the case workers at DHS so hopefully that’ll be enough.

to some of the responses, i did try to get her in counseling for her dad and step mom arguing, but we have joint custody and therefore have to have both signatures for this. he refused to sign but said for me to use my judgment but would not sign any papers getting her in counseling.

1 mom found this helpful

What can I do next?

Featured Answers

In this situation, my opinion is a resounding YES. Go to Walmart tonight! I have used a tracfone for years and have had good luck with it. I think what you are doing is responsible and wise.

3 moms found this helpful

More Answers

Despite her age she does seem to have a maturity about her....based upon what you've written I do believe that getting a cell phone for the two purposes you listed would be a good idea.

4 moms found this helpful

Gosh... your poor daughter regarding her Dad and Step Mom.... they are really... not being responsible.

Per your daughter's situation... the cell phone is a good idea.
Her Dad & Step Mom don't seem responsible and very harmful.

Our neighbors constantly fought.... they had kids. About that age.
The children, would come to our home... at all hours... to tell us their parents were fighting and they were scared.... they asked to use OUR phone to call 911... the police, even on their own parents. And YES... the Police came. Many times.
Some kids... due to 'survival' instinct... will do this if they feel they are not safe.
THIS ALSO tells you... that some parents are SO busy fighting... that they do NOT even notice... their kids left the house... or their kids are gone.

Your daughter... could go into another room and make calls, to you etc. while Dad and Step Mom are fighting. That is a possible scenario.

Another scenario is: that her Dad and the Step Mom... will take away her cell phone... and not let her use it.

Next, they fight a lot. It affects very negatively, your daughter and she even pees in her pants. She is frightened.
Can't you get sole custody???
They are harming her... emotionally and psychologically......
Document everything and your daughter's well-being of it and how it damages her....
Some kids, need child therapy over things like this.
The 'legacy' of it... really really affects them... and their future.

all the best,
Susan

3 moms found this helpful

In this situation, my opinion is a resounding YES. Go to Walmart tonight! I have used a tracfone for years and have had good luck with it. I think what you are doing is responsible and wise.

3 moms found this helpful

I think the reasons that you give are valid and she should probably have the kind of phone that you want to get her. I would generally not advocate this (girls that age in my neighborhood have them and text all day) but each case is different.

2 moms found this helpful

Having a cell phone is extra responsibility. You didn't mention how well she keeps track of her belongings. At 10, my granddaughter still loses things, including jackets.

If she's wanting to use a cell phone for those reasons only, I'd give it a try. Cell phone providers do have phones designed just for children. They're easy to use, can have a tracking device so that you know exactly where she is and have screening options. A prepaid phone from the grocery store probably would cost less but it wouldn't have security features and may be too difficult for her to use, tho she can learn. I'd compare.

2 moms found this helpful

S., I would not count on her being able to use the phone when she's with her father and step-mom. If they won't let her use their phone to call you when they are being so selfish as to fight in front of her enough to bring on tears and panty-wetting, they probably just don't want her calling at all. Pretty selfish people, and I don't blame you for not being married to him anymore!

I think the Walmart phone you are planning on is fine. Just make sure she understands that if she uses her minutes to make calls to her friends, she'll run out and you won't buy more for her friends. You can figure out how many minutes she'll practically use and keep an eye on that part.

Don't hesitate to check the history and know who she is calling and who is calling her.

Good luck,
D.

2 moms found this helpful

S.,
Everybody's situation is different, but I think she is too young to be home alone even for a short period of time. You may think she knows not to open the door, but my 14 year old nephew (who certainly should have known better, and was taught better) did open the door. Completely bought the story he was given. Nothing bad happened, but yikes!

So, if you have any other alternative I'd say consider it. I don't think the phone is a bad idea since you are already okay about the possibility of her losing it.

1 mom found this helpful

my friend with brain tumors has a facebook status right now that reads: "Stop putting cell phones to your head. No conversation is worth this... " and went on to say something about wanting to throw her tumors at people who spend so much time on cell phones.

I was listening to NPR a while back and they had a panel of doctors saying they would never put one up to their own ears. If you get her a phone make sure she gets an earpiece or uses speakerphone. Have her carry it in a purse and not a pocket. Also, I'd get a social worker (court ordered) to do a home study and reccommend a course of action when the fighting gets too bad for your daughter to handle. She deserves more security than that and she shouldn't have to sneak a call. That's heartbreaking and I understand why you're worried.

1 mom found this helpful

1 / 3
Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.