The Cell Phone Experiment

by Jennifer Donovan

After school started this year, Amanda began asking me, “When do you think I’ll get a cell phone?”

She assured me that everyone in her 4th grade class had a cell phone. She could only come up with two names when pressed, even though I’m certain there are more than two people in her class. As the year has gone on, the list has received additions: “Marie got a cell phone,” she informed me one day after chatting with her friend on the bus.

I was recently contacted by Kajeet to try out and review their cell phone with all the features that a tween wants and a parent needs. I knew Amanda would love having a phone with a camera, games, and other fun features. As I parent, I thought that I would enjoy the control features that Kajeet offers.

There have already been a couple times when I have loaned mine to her for convenience or safety, so I’m interested to see how having one might change our perspective on whether or not we think she should have one.

Over the next month or so, I will be sharing our experience and evaluating the features and usefulness.  I’m not sure what it will take to convince me that she “needs” a cell phone.  In fact, even if I decide she can keep it, it will be because I’ve decided to let her enjoy the fun features, not because it’s something she has to have.

Time will tell . . . and guess what? When I’ve made my assessment, one of you will have the chance to win one of your own– so stay tuned.

What is your opinion of tweens and young teens having cell phones? 



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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