Today's social dilemma came about after a conversation with a friend of mine who I think is making a bit of a bad decision. Let me start by saying, she gets to do whatever she wants, but I think this is a big problem on a larger scale. Let me explain. My friend Maura bought her child new iphones this past week. At first you're thinking what's wrong with that. Well, let me tell you that her children are 5, 7 and 9. She thinks it was a totally normal decision. I think it's a little crazy to give a five year old a phone that costs close to a thousand bucks to use. I understand wanting your child to be able to get in touch with you but you can do that with a $50 flip phone. I know learning computers is important for kids. In school they start them on laptops and ipads as young as kindergarten, but do they really need to have their own at that age. Isn't the family computer or ipad enough?? I thought it was crazy, and I told her so. She laughed at me and gave me the age old blow off answer, "you don't have kids so you don't know what it's like." I don't agree with that. But I thought I would ask you. What age do you think it's okay to get your kid a thousand dollar smart phone? Keep in mind, and I did the research on this, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs wouldn't let their kids use them until they were in High School. How do you feel about it? Let me know what you think on the TRY Facebook page.
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