I have mixed feelings about the rise of geolocation services. As the parent of a 12-year old girl I am faced with a dilemma: Do I buy a cell phone for my daughter who will be entering middle school in Fall 2013? A few years ago I thought that it was ludicrous to buy a cell phone for a child under age 15. But, I have changed my mind based on the responses of other tween parents. Here are some reasons why a tween needs a (smart) phone:
- There are no pay phones at school or anywhere else in the community.
- The closest middle school is 6.7 miles from our neighborhood.
- Kids need some type of Internet access as a tool for school work – purchasing a smart phone will serve this need and provide a phone.
- I can use the location service to keep tabs on my child’s whereabouts.
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