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My daughter is going into 5th grade in September and things will be different this year. Her big brother is going to middle school 20 minutes a day and my daughter will be walking home several days during the week by herself, as her younger brother is attending our school’s afterschool program. We’re in NYC and while her commute is short, I want to get her a phone so she can call or text me to let me know once she is on her way home. However, I don’t want to spend a fortune. There are so many smartphones on the market and getting something pre-owned can be a smart way to ease her into the world of being digitally connected. I’m excited to be partnering up with Trademore to let you know about how you can pick up something pre-owned that won’t break the bank and download my smartphone contract for kids at the end of this post. When It’s Time To Get Your Kid a Smartphone
If you’re not familiar with Trademore, they offer a large selection of devices with very competitive prices. All devices go through a 30-point functional and cosmetic inspection (for quality, reliability, and functionality) and receive a 100% inspection score. Your new pre-owned phone will be delivered quickly, with free 2-day shipping. And the best thing – the website is super easy to use and you can get the Trademore Certified device that you want – at a fraction of the retail price!
How to Pick out a Device at Trademore:
You simply look for what you want – the manufacturer and device. Then pick the carrier, then the capacity, color, and then the condition. From “Good” up to “Like New”. You can also see what will be coming in your box (like the device + a charging cable). Then you verify the captcha to see the price and then purchase your device! It’s really that easy.
One of the phones that I’m looking for my daughter at is the Samsung Galaxy S7. I checked the price on an online retailer’s website for an unlocked one and it was double the price for a gently used one on Trademore. My daughter loves her Samsung tablet so a Samsung phone, which I am dying to try, could be really a good fit for her.
I’m also looking at the iPhone 6S for my daughter. We are an Apple family so that could be the direction we go.
While I’m not exactly sure which smartphone from Trademore that we’re getting yet, I do know that I have to make sure my daughter has rules for her smartphone. We didn’t really give my 12-year-old son rules for his phone when we bought it last November and we had issues. Here’s a family smartphone printable you can use. Click the link below to download and print out.
Download here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IOOtLCg2C0TQ8Op-pu7OIAT-DMwD0BDb/view?usp=sharing
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shelly peterson says
I have not heard of Trademore before. But buying used sounds like a good idea for the younger kids first phone. I think its up to the parents to decide when the right time to get their kids a phone is. I think its a good safety measure especially if they walk to and from school.
We have been discussing a phone for my 10 year old but I think we are going to wait until middle school.
This is already a decision that I need to make. I worry about the dangers of it. The printable provides a great discussion to have with the kiddos.
We don’t have kids yet, but this was just brought up in conversation the other day because it’s so different compared to when I was a kid. I got my first cell phone going into high school and it was literally just for communication. I think it’s great to lay some ground rules, like not playing games on it at home. I feel like being a parent is so much trickier than it would have been years ago, but we’re also lucky to have access to something that can always keep us connected.
This is something I dread having to deal with when I have a kid. I think it takes away their time from being a kid so I think I’m going to try to wait as long as possible before giving them a cell phone. It’s crazy how young they start having one these days!
What an interesting post, I actually didn’t get a cell phone till I was in high school! When I had to start talking the bus and it wasn’t even a smart phone lol!
Sonya Morris says
I think each family knows the right time and age that is best to get a phone for their kids. Every situation is different! My oldest daughter got her first phone in sixth grade while my youngest (at the time) got one in third grade. Yes. Third grade. She was riding to dance with her aunt and I wanted to make sure she could contact me at any given moment. I only wish back then I could track them on their phones like I do know…best. thing. ever!
Katherine Zapsky says
Kids do NOT need cell phones; I say this as a parent of 2, and as a middle school teacher. There are a variety of ways to communicate with your child. And truly, what is going on during the day that cannot wait until you are all home? The constant stream of messages is distracting from the task at hand (school) and perhaps if you as a family sat down and DISCUSSED your calendars, planned play dates, tests, job schedules etc your family wouldn’t need to rely on texting.
The Mama Maven says
Thanks for giving your opinion, I appreciate it. Her 12 year old brother has Type 1 Diabetes and he relies on his cell phone so we can monitor his blood sugar. My daughter will be taking herself to school and back next year and I need to know that she has arrived home and back – hence the need for a phone. She will not be allowed to be on the phone any other time and she may be traveling by herself on the subway for 6th grade.