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Should pre-teens have cell phones? My 10-year-old thinks so.

My 10-year-old daughter wants a cell phone. She wants it bad. So bad that the other night I came home to the note pictured below.

Natasha's treatise, page 1

Her three older siblings got cell phones in middle school, when they began to routinely go places without us. But Natasha (who just finished 4th grade) wants one now. So she put together a treatise (you can’t tell from the picture, but it was on really big paper) about why she needs one.

The truth is, she doesn’t need one. Yes, she sometimes walks to and from school or bikes to friends’ houses. But since the school is about a seven-minute walk (we are always clear about whether someone is picking her up) and the bike ride is about five minutes, I think she can manage without a cell phone. While it might be nice to time pickup from swim practice, we’re actually reasonably good at figuring out how long it takes Tash to shower and get dressed (longer than is reasonable + 10 minutes). If we’re wrong, or there’s some sort of emergency, there are phones at the YMCA she can use.

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