That question about getting a phone

In this day and age, the mobile phone has overtaken the analog phone for calling up people. While we do have a so-called land-line, we also have our own mobile subscriptions. The land-line is mostly to avoid radiation from mobiles, but when I think about it, it feels a bit redundant. We have mobile phones to be contactable on the go. At least that was the original plan for having mobile phones. With the advances in mobile technology however, we now hold the power of pocket computers. And these hold for us great things in many areas of our lives. Of course, these advances are not without their caveats and it differs from person to person depending on one’s needs and wants.

This brings me to the question about giving our children the responsibility of keeping mobile phones of their own. Matthew had just turned ten last November, but is age the only criteria? Of course not. And here is the scenario that we have had a few times (or call it an excuse, if you will) .

We started asking Matthew to come home by himself after school. He brings a bicycle and a big-a$$ heavy bag every day. But we always tell him to call home before he rode off from school. This is so that we can gauge how long it would take for him to get home. There are times that the queue at the payphone becomes quite long that his mother had started worrying when he has not called in yet. He would sometimes ask to call home from the school office, but he couldn’t do it everyday as other people use the office too. It becomes even more difficult when it rains. Then there are times when the plan changes and either my wife suddenly can (or cannot) pick him up from school. There was no way to inform him of any change in plans. Maybe some (or all) of these reasons are petty to some people, but put simply, we just want to know where our son is now that he is growing up. Having a phone does not totally remove the anxiety of him not being on sight, but at least it gives one that sense of security (however false it may be) that he can be contacted.

What about all that smartphone stuff then? Well, he has been pretty happy with his mobile.

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My first mobile phone!

A Nokia 105. It’s good enough for calling and texting, plus the battery life is dope lasting for 5 days or more. Let’s hear your iPhone do that.

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