In today's electronic age in Silicon Valley, I would like some perspective on this topic.. I have seen flyers come home from school with 5th graders on the subject with reminders that their phones must be turned off in class, but I have seen much younger than 5th graders talking on them straight after school. I know that there are phones out there specifically designed for the 6 - 10 year old range and I also know that for some families with children going straight into after school programs or sports that there may be good reason for this, but I worry that we are giving our kids too much too early.
On top of the responsibility factor, are we to look at these phones as an increase in their allowance, with budgeting in mind, or do we just pay the cost and let them have it?
These concerns are not just my own, I saw a segment on channel 2 news the other night and so I know that this is not just a Palo Alto problem.
Some perspective would be helpful. Thank you.