Our expert says:
Its not old-fashioned to have concerns about this. My personal view is this - cell-phones are not essential for kids, but a BASIC model to enable emergency calls to and from parents, may be a wise precaution. But children absolutely DO NOT need blackberries, i-phones, and other fancy doodads just to keep up with other spoiled brats - those add nothing whatever a child needs, and much to distract them from schoolwork and other important tasks, including real play.
The new bf would of course be tempted to please the kid, and the mother should have delayed that to consider the issue and discuss it with the biodad, and then made a decision and informed her bf what she thought best.
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