Cell phones, including cell phones for kids, are a lot like power tools: Both can be used to build or to demolish.
We wouldn’t dream of allowing a child to play with a circular saw. Why, then, are so many of us willing to turn them loose with a smartphone?
The power tool analogy may seem extreme. But while a kids phone isn’t likely to take off any fingers, it can do serious damage on another important front: your family relationships.
If you’re thinking of buying a cell phone for your kid, don’t get the wrong idea. Chances are, your family will be just fine. But do be deliberate: How will you ensure any safe phone for kids you let into the house will bring your family closer together?