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I Give My Kids Cellphones Because I’m Afraid

I don’t want my 10-year-old to care about follower counts, but I do want her to text me if a shooter comes to school

Photo: Keiko Iwabuchi/Moment/Getty Images

MyMy kids desperately wanted cellphones. My husband and I had decided to wait until they were in the ninth grade, a policy that was especially aggravating to my older daughter. She’s starting fifth…




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