Earlier I posted an article that points out how smartphones are destroying a generation of kids. Look. I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad if their kid has a smartphone. To each his own. Mean it. I know a lot of freaking amazing parents whose kids have cell phones. I’m not judging. Pinky swear. (I will, however, cop to judging if you are breaking the car line protocol).
But even if your kid already has a phone, I think it’s important to pay attention anyway. The more you know…you know?
I feel like people think there’s no going back, though. As if you already gave your kid a phone, oh well, that ship has sailed—coulda, shoulda, woulda…
Well, here’s the good news: WE DA BOSSES.
Remember when you were a kid and your mom enraged you by saying, “when you’re a grown up, you can do whatever you want”? Well ta-da!!! Now’s your time to shine.
You wanna pull back on cell phone permission? Go for it. You can revert to the universal mom retort, “when you’re a grown up, you can do whatever you want”. That’s what it’s there for. Duh.
Seriously though. I felt like I should share the fact that I took the plunge. I got Anna Kate a phone. But she’s gonna rock that phone like it’s 2002 because it flips open and it’s dumb as shit.
That’s right. She is the reluctant owner of a DUMB PHONE. (They call them “basic” phones, FYI. I guess that makes iPhones “extra”). So if you wanna throw her under the bus and say, “don’t try me, kid…you’re not the ONLY one without an iPhone. I know for a fact Anna Kate has a dumb phone” well, be my guest. You’re welcome.
Power in numbers, friends.
Now, she still has her old “phone” that she is allowed to use only at home under strict supervision. That’s how we are very gradually learning to navigate the whole smart phone realm. We’ll get there someday I’m sure, but it won’t be any time real soon.
In the mean time, she’s OG Dumb Phone Posse.
Ya’ down wit’ DPP? (Yeah you know me).