I don’t exactly remember Sawyer’a first word (other than mama) but I can tell you his top ten included “van”, “car”, “bus”, and “truck”. This was because I had an app on my phone that used to show pictures of different vehicles and when you pressed on them they would drive and the phone would say their name with music in the background. Sawyer loved this “game” and one day he just started saying the names right along with my phone. Next thing we knew he was talking.
There are all kinds of games and learning tools for smartphones these days, some of which I think are great.
In my case, I don’t think so.
First off, I am still wary about the radiation coming off a smartphone and how safe it is for a baby. I refused to wear any cell phones for work or otherwise when I was pregnant since the safety studies just aren’t there.
Secondly, my phone costs about $600 and is my lifeline, so my heart goes in my throat whenever I let one of the kids plays with it. Hey, without my phone there would be no blog! LOL
Thirdly, (and related to number two) I play with it with the kids rather than as a substitute for myself. I would sit there with Sawyer and say the vehicle names right along with him. I smash the fireworks with June and make the fish fart with Sansa.
Yes, I have on occasion, needing a spare minute, let Sawyer play puzzles on my phone as a distraction, but hey, he’s having fun, learning, and I get my moment (usually we are out and I need to talk to the doctor or something).
How old do I think they have to be before they get their own phone? Yikes, glad I don’t have to worry about that one just yet (but if you have advice, feel free to comment).
I got my first cell phone when I was 18 and paid for it myself with the money I earned from my part time job. I thought it was a good investment since I was out working late after school and starting to drive and I wanted to be able to reach help if I needed it. I did use it to text friends now and again, but phones then weren’t what phones are now.
So what do you think? Kids and cell phones. What are the rules in your house?