Monday, April 23, 2007
A thirteen year old girl won $25,000 for texting the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in 15 seconds. Good for her. That's a lot of money for a kid that age. Hopefully, her parents will put some of that money away for college or some sensible thing like that.
Or, maybe they could use the money to pay for her mobile phone bill. According to the article, she texts 8,000 messages a month to her friends and family.
Two questions: What kind of parent allows a kid of 13 to have a mobile phone for general use and not just to call mom or dad when problems arise? and Would you let your kid have a mobile phone at this age?
I am with my kids' babysitter's parent's on this issue. If you have a phone, you have to have a way to pay for it on your own. T, the babysitter, used to take care of the kids during the summer for a good many hours a day. I would pay her bi-weekly. One payday she asked me if I could make the check out to her mother. When I asked her why, she told me that she was in debt to her parents from all the text messaging. I wrote that check and the next two checks to her mother. These weren't $20 checks either. T was in way over her head. She learned a valuable lesson that summer.
So, what about you? What's your stance on technology (mobile phones, iPods, etc) for your kids?