Our expert says:
Personally, I'm happy with kids having a basic cell-phone for emergencies, but have yet to be convinced that they need ( as opposed to want ) elaborate versions like Blackberries and I-phone. The old Nokia sounds safer.
But folks, NEVER EVER give such tools to a child without a long discussion about proper and improper ways to use it, precautions to take, and a binding agreement that Mom can access the phone at any time to check that it's being used properly.
I'm surprised the phone companies havent come up with better systems of protective software such as is available for computer browsers, both the block children accessing nasty sites, and to record what they do access.
Right, now, shouldn't your emphasis be on helping your child understand why this was wrong and risky, and enabling her to exercise better judgment in future ? Yes, a swap to a more limited phone makes sense. But talk through what sort of horrible person it was who was pretending you be someone else, who was trying to lure her into doing bad and dangerous things, and why it is so important for you to protect her from that,
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