Stuff Kids Want: Cell Phones
Getting a cell phone is a modern-day rite of passage for today’s youth – as fundamental as a driver’s license in many ways. Gift Surveys can help families frame the discussion about the right time for kids to get a cell phone, and all of the accompanying decisions that need to be made, like who will pay for the ongoing service contract.
Experiences like over-spending on a cell phone bill arrive much earlier in life for our kids than they did for us. So the cost of service contracts really needs to be part of the decision to purchase a phone. Question 5 in the DIMS (Does It Make Sense) Score Calculator for Electronics provides an opportunity for parents to discuss ongoing costs beyond the initial purchase of a device.
Question 6: “Do you need to learn how to use this item well?” and it’s LEARN MORE BUTTON: “Using technology safely and effectively is important. Remember, posting something on the internet is permanent.” were designed to remind kids and their parents that electronics can give powerful and immediate access to the online world. New phone users may well require education and/or training, but we can hardly think of a better way to spend time or money, than to ensure that your child understands best cell-phone-use practices, before they find themselves in a sticky situation!
Warranties are almost always offered against accidental damage when a cell phone is being purchased; while these can add a material amount to the phone’s all-in cost, they should still be considered. When your child completes a Gift Survey asking for a new phone, they will be reminded to research warranty offerings in Question 9. Finally, don’t forget that completed Gift Surveys can also be used to invite extended family members to collectively fund the purchase of a phone for an upcoming birthday or holiday gift. Cell phones are pricey, particularly feature-loaded smartphones!
Gifting Sense exists to help parents teach their kids to think before they buy. Our free safe service helps make sure that children understand the true value of their requests. As such, it is the perfect tool for families to use when considering cell-phone purchases. When talk of “their own” or a “new cell phone” enters the dinner conversation, ask your children to complete a Gift Survey for the device they want. See if you can’t teach them the value of a dollar while making their dreams come true. We are pretty sure you can do both at once, in fact, “we no u can”.