I remember when my children were really young I would hear stories of kids having cell phones at what seemed like crazy young ages and I instantly thought, I will never allow that. It is often easy to decide what you will and will not allow when you haven’t walk that road yet, right?
I didn’t have a cell phone until I left for college and it was hard for me to believe that the world has changed so much, so fast, that my children would really need a cell phone while they are still losing teeth.
But the truth is it has changed, more than we often realize. Pay phones have disappeared since I was kid and many landlines have gone right along with them.
We often hear of the harm of new technologies - and those concerns are very much deserving of our attention as parents. But there are benefits of technologies, such as cell phones, even for our children.
Our job as parents is to consider the harms and benefits carefully, to understand them and be wise and discerning as we lead our families. Here are some questions that can help us do just that.