What is a good age to give a young teen a cell phone?
My niece is thirteen years old and is pleading with me to get her a cell phone, but, I am very hesitant. At such a young age I feel a cell phone gives her alot of opportunity to get in trouble. A cell phone is not easy to monitor and "nowadays" everything a computer can do a cell phone can too. As we all know, if you don't monitor young people on the computer they can get in alot of trouble, such as, meeting strangers, buying items with your credit card, viewing things you don't approve, etc... Understanding that there is a trust factor with the development of young people; there is also the issue with necessity versus "all my friends have one". So, basically I very interested in your opinion and does your young teen own a cell phone because of necessity or because "all my friends have one"?