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Cell phones for children revisited

So the other day I found myself in a quandary as I wrote the cell phone post.

Should children, say age 6, have phones?

On one hand, I wanted to say, "No way!"

But on the other, I kept thinking about emergency situations and the what if.

I think I found my answer.

So I was at the park on Sunday with Little AB. Of course, he makes friends with whoever he can find. The girl he decided to bum around with tells me she is 6. It was obvious she was older than my son.

A few minutes later her mom yells at her, "Sarah, your cell phone is ringing!"

Sure enough... this 6-year-old had a cell phone. A red sparkly one. And she got three phone calls while we were there during the same time as her -- about 30 minutes.

I saw my son coveting the cell phone.

I looked at him and shook my head, "No."

I doubt he got it, but it made all the sense in the world to me.