It might sound strange that I have chosen to give my daughter her own mobile phone, but I have some real reasons.
Kids these days grow up so fast. Whether we like it or not. I want my girls to be children for as long as they can. So it kind of sounds like a total contradiction that I let Liv have a mobile so young.
But our children will be the digital generation. They will create life-changing devices, one day a mobile phone will seem like nothing at all.
But for me, for Liv, it’s important.
She has made so many new friends and is always going on some sort of outing with them. I want her to know that she can talk to me, daddy or anyone she needs to whenever she needs to. If she is somewhere and is uncomfortable and wants me to come and get her, I can.
When she is feeling low she can message her auntie Cherry or Erika. She can have someone there, to listen, at any time.
She is such a clever and loving little girl. She worries about me when I have to go to appointments, so being able to message me when I’m at the hospital for however long, is important.
If I have to keep being away from the girls I still want to be there.
I still need them to know I am here, I am listening and I will always be there.
Of course, there are restrictions. She doesn’t take it to school. She can only talk to the people we allow. We are always able to check her phone. She can only use apps we approve of.
She is very savvy. She knows the rules and her school have done a fantastic job of teaching them how to be safe online and the importance of being open about it. And being safe online is something we talk about as much as possible.
So far so good. Her spellings are improving, she is using real words and not text speak. She is also very good with using punctuation. Yes we get flooded with stickers and emojis and fart jokes, but she knows she can always connect with the people who love her the most when she needs to.
And for me as a parent, helping her feel safe and heard is paramount.
So, what do you think? I’d like to hear your thoughts.