My tween wants a cell phone. Correction, she wants a cell phone that allows her to text, play games online, send emails and lastly, make phone calls. Yesterday, she told me that more and more of the girls in her class (We’re talking 4th grade folks!) are getting cell phones for their 10th birthdays. She doesn’t want to wait a year. She wants one now. The question is, is my tween ready for a cell phone?
Driving while talking or texting on a cell phone is now illegal in many Canadian provinces. If you a) haven’t figured out your Bluetooth (or never remember to charge the batteries), or b) can’t seem to get off the phone in the car, we’ll give you a few options. Urbanmommies spoke with Corporal Dale Somerville of the RCMP, who verified a few points for us as stated in section 214.1 of the Motor Vehicle Act. Holding and talking on a mobile device while driving will now cost you $167. Texting or emailing while holding a mobile device will cost you $167, plus 2 points off of your license. Hands-free devices are allowed provided you only touch one button on the earpiece in order to answer or dial. Ouch. For busy moms who are used to returning calls in the car… what do you do?