Spoiled Children of Divorce


Cell Phones and the Child of Divorce
December 29, 2011, 3:56 am
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Listened to an interview on NPR with a famous reviewer of technology equipment.  Hmmm, can’t remember his name right now.

One of the questions asked was what age did he recommend buying a cell phone for his children.  He apparently is still married to his children’s Mother because the issue of divorce didn’t come up.  He said that he had bought his oldest son a phone at age 14 but was planning on buying his 12 year old daughter a phone.

I’ve looked around a little and it seems that most parents feel it’s best to give a child their phone when they are around these ages.   Except in Divorces when the average ages seem to be around 8 and 10.  The reason is not as much as for safety, the reason the married parents say they give their children a phone.  But, in divorce it seems that this reduces stress for the parent over having to talk with the ex.  Parents can talk directly with the children.

I definitely haven’t researched this.  It would figure that children of divorce would have cell phones at a much earlier age in the same way that they have to take airplanes by themselves at a much earlier age and they have to adapt to living with strangers.  It sort of amazes me when experts who are married parents don’t even think about children in divorce.  Even at this late date and with single parents bursting out the seams in society.  I looked at one legal site set up out of Massachusetts which talked about how age that children are given cell phones is a huge argument between divorced parents which often requires lawyering.  If it’s not one thing it’s just going to be another.  Divorcing people will have to argue over every last thing.

http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/810085/should-kids-have-cell-phones


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