I have a 12yo who wants to go on dates as well. Long story short for people who didn't want to read that huge chunk of text sorry! At 13 they have really have no idea what a relationship is really about. You don't have to sit with them but you need to be in the theater with them. Not very fair for her. What is important is that you keep the lines of communication open with your daughter.
I didn't date until I was 17. I do not use any social media sites that are directed towards adults and don't follow anyone I don't know. So if you don't have one,you're the one of the main targets for bullying. Whether you think your kid is old enough to date or not, you have to tackle the issue head-on. I'm assuming she knows what the kids phones look like? Your child is probably not going to live the life you thought she would. The answer is probablly no.
All these whiney teenagers should find better ways to talk to their parents. Iknow, I know how hard it is to not have a phone. I had a friend whose parents wouldn't allow her to date and she sniked around and got pregnant when she was 14. Edit: Shout-out to that other person that liked my language. Let me tell you, I am so nice to my parents and I've been asking and asking and asking! This year is the first time they've allowed me to take the bus they still prefer to drop me off and pick me up and go out with my friends to the park or shops once or twice. It can all start with safety, maturity and limited time of using and using it wisely and with care.
Idle hands are the devil's playthings. I believe that dating as teenager can be healthy. But parents these days have to understand how tweens and teens are nowadays. Many things can go wrong, and she needs to have the skills to deal with it. My idea would be, start the child off with an Ipod Touch, this gives them the ability to contact a parent or someone with wifi but not have the parents pay so much money in the beginning. That could be going on with your kid as well; they just aren't saying it.
Friends are marginally ok but not romance of any sort. Naturally, teenagers get more romantic feelings for people. So, I just turned 15 and yet, no cell phone. Plus, embarrassing your kid with an outdated phone or not letting them have one when their peers do is a recipe for. A lot of people can't afford that.
Girls today think that oral sex is not sex and see nothing wrong with doing it. I'm also into photography, and sometimes I don't have a camera on me, I do have a small little flip phone, but the camera is. But when you , you're giving them powerful communication and media-production tools. I don't even think my husband was really dating our daughter's mother when he got her pregnant and we don't want something like that to happen to her. If you have not bought or given them a phone yet by the time they reach their teens, now is the time to start seriously considering it. When you are 11 or 12, I definitely recommend getting a new phone. I would like to share my opinion with you kids as an adult.
I don't have a phone but my parents always call me spoilt. Have you had the conversation with your granddaughter about sex, pregnancy dating and boys? There are numerous studies available from other countries saying the same thing. Before that a group of us would sometimes meet up at the skating rink or the movie theater. I think that I'm at the age where I should get my first phone but I haven't gotten one yet. In which, I believe that the cell phone age should be at least 16-17.
I had the 5s for 3 years that was after the 6 came out and yes I will be honest I complained about it but it was okay. We found it on his tablet. All you kids that really want a new phone , don't worry about having the newest phone at such a young age , you have your whole life to have a new phone. I think the wright age for a phone would be 10 because I get bullied for not having a phone, and would you want your kid going through that? I was 20 when I got my 1st cellphone after 911. But I have two older sisters in high school who weren't exactly responsible, so whenever any boundaries were placed on them were placed on me as well.
I got a little button phone in 4th grade, then iPhone 4, then 5s. I know that that's seemingly very early, but I am very mature and can be trusted. Try talking to her so she knows where exactly you're coming from on why you don't want her to date beside her thinking you're trying to ruin her life. I was accepting and made clear my love and support of her would not change. My Dad has a Mac and an iPad. Can a date be him coming over to watch tv?. Discover her interests and help her find her niche in those things rather than expecting a relationship to fulfill her.
Parents might be surprised how maturely their child could handle the responsibility. I didn't get my phone until I was 14, but cellphones were still kind of new. I personally have an iPhone 5s, which very few people have. Others are not so strict. You can watch how your child treats their phone and if you can trust them with it.