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I feel like a hypocrite. I really do. You see, I said I would never get a cell phone for an elementary school-aged child. But, things aren’t quite the same as when I originally stated that. Johnny is a busy kid. He has several after school activities he is involved in and has friends he likes to hang out with. The thing about this age is that I don’t have to be present for all of his activities. He is old enough to go alone sometimes. But, that also means that he needs to be able to get in touch with me or his dad. Enter the hypocrisy… I got my 8 year old a cell phone. I knew that I had to find a cheap wireless plan as money is tight and I really wanted an unlimited talk, text, and data plan so we didn’t run into unexpected fees.
We took off to Walmart for a phone. Yes, Walmart has phones and they have lots of them! You really can’t miss them actually as they are in the electronics section of the store and there is a nice big sign pointing you to them. We found the Walmart Family Mobile display and took a look at the phones available.
I had a limit on what I would spend for this phone. I wanted him to have access to the internet (more on that in a bit) but I didn’t want to spend hundreds on that access. I was so excited to see the Alcatel One Touch Fierce on rollback for only $99.88! In addition to the phone, you have to purchase the starter kit for every phone you are activating with Walmart Family Mobile and that costs $25.00.
We headed home with a very excited Johnny. I got online and activated the phone and received his new number. The plan we are under is truly the best deal I have heard of. For just $34.88 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, and web! This applies to the first line of your service only. The setup was super easy and took less than 10 minutes from start to finish. I had already charged his phone so it was time to let him have it.
So why do I give an 8 year old a phone? Well, as I mentioned he is involved in sports and after school activities. Last night he had a volleyball practice at his school.
Before he headed out to his practice though, I wanted him to be able to contact me in case I had to leave. I had both girls with me and knew it was entirely possible that I wouldn’t make it the whole practice with them in tow. We got all of his gear together but this time it also included the Alcatel One Touch Fierce!
Johnny didn’t need to call me because I made it back in time to get him but I feel so much better knowing that he can if he needs to. Being able to be in contact with him for camps, sports, or other activities makes this mom breathe a little easier.
So, what about the phone? Well, it is pretty nice! It was very easy to set up for Johnny and I was able to set the restrictions for searching and internet use right on my Walmart Family Mobile account page. I know that Johnny can’t search for things that he shouldn’t see. But this brings me to reason number 2 why I allow my 8 year old to have a phone. Johnny, as most kids nowadays, uses the internet a lot for school. He can now use his very own phone to get information when he needs it. We have one computer so this is a great thing for our family.
Finally, the third reason I allow my 8 year old to have a phone is simply for communication. We don’t have a landline and I don’t want to give up my phone every time Johnny wants to chat with a friend. He made a new friend at camp this summer and has some friends from school that he likes to talk to. He can now talk or text them from his own phone and mine can be left for my own use. I think that allowing him to be in contact with his friends is important. He can be responsible and call them if he has a question about homework or his sports schedule. He can also call them himself and make plans (with my approval).
I have restrictions on this phone, of course. I am not 100% okay with Johnny having the phone without them. He knows the rules and we will see how he does with it. In the end though, the phone is a great price, the plan is affordable, and my family is happy with the purchase. I would call that a good thing!