This is a question that I think every parent has on their minds. Everyone has one nowadays. Even though my children are homeschooled, their desire for a cell phone is no less than those of public school kids, lol.
I think the fact that they are homeschooled gives me a good reason to wait a little longer than parents of public school children. I can see a child, even an elementary aged child, having one in case they need to get a hold of their parents after school or something. Without my children being away from me all day, I just didn’t see a real need for them to have one.
That did change when my oldest (now 12) turned 10. We ended up getting him one because he was starting to go on overnight Scout camping trips and such without us. We wanted him to have a way to call us if he needed to, even if because he was a little homesick but didn’t want to say anything to anyone else.
Ultimately, we made the choice not because it was something cool that he wanted. We made the choice because I felt it was a safety net, for both he as well as for myself.
Do your kids already have cell phones, and if so, what made you decide to go ahead and get them one?