Yes, i shouldn't join in but I've already did.
Last month I bought Brux the 1st cell phone. I guess he just wanna have something that most of his friends have. And I did reward him because he was doing in school so well
year by year. And I also think that the reason that he want to have this or that develops
by age and 'peer pressure'.
The good thing is he hasn't use the phone much in term of
chatting to his friends but he's keen on listen to Rock music.
Your 8-year-old now
Cell phone ownership has been trending downward in age. Some of your child's friends may have one already.
Should you join in?
Most developmental experts agree that the longer you can hold off on a phone for a child, the better. Of growing concern is the possible association between cell phone use and brain tumors. Children who grow up using cell phones have that many more years of usage, and the cumulative effects are uncertain.
There's also the question of whether certain items are best delayed as privileges of age. If your child gets everything from the start, what is there to look forward to?
Responsibility is another issue. A child who is forever losing sweaters or homework papers may not do much better with a small electronic device.
It's wise to ask yourself what the phone is really for. When would your child need to get in touch with you? Most children this age are under adult supervision at all times. Many schools forbid phones or have policies against their use during school hours.
Some kids want phones for the games and camera function more than the actual phone. If that's the case, another device (a handheld computer game, a camera) might make more sense. Some families, such as those with shared custody arrangements, simply find that a child having a phone is an appropriate convenience to make communication easier. If you choose to give your child a cell phone, look into plans that provide parental controls, such as allowing you to limit what numbers are dialed and when, and how many minutes are available. Ideally, choose a basic model without Internet access.
Your life now
Is it okay to discipline someone else's child? It's a question you may ask yourself more often as your child makes a habit of inviting friends over to play. The answer is yes. An 8-year-old is old enough to understand that other households may have different rules than her own. Make sure a guest understands your expectations – no running around the pool, no jumping on the bed – and give a warning reminder first when a rule is broken. If the behavior persists, give an appropriate consequence, such as no more swimming or no more playing in the bedroom. If things get out of hand, you can always end the playdate early.