As a young girl I was physically assaulted on my way home from school on more than one occasion. I also experienced countless situations where I felt unsafe for one reason or another. Often because my activities required me to walk or wait for the bus in an area where there weren't a lot of people around or open businesses one could just walk into. Add to that the fact that for several years, starting when I was only ELEVEN, I was subject to a large volume of verbal harassment from men every time I went out. I was pretty street smart but the ability to whip out a phone, loudly say 'hi, Dad' and report my location would have been vastly reassuring in many situations.
Maybe a lot of MDCers live in more sheltered environments but the attitude that young people, especially young women, should just rely on the kindness of strangers for their communication and personal safety needs just blows my mind.
Like it's pure spoiled-adolescent self-indulgence to want an easy solution in such situations rather than nervously wander around looking for help, feeling more and more like a target with each passing minute.
I also don't understand the attitude that up to date means of communication is a luxury of which teens are unworthy.
I'm sure my child will have a phone as soon as she starts going places without supervision. I was in the third grade when I had my first difficulty with a male in a public place.
This is the same website where leaving a toddler in a car for one minute while returning a grocery cart is unthinkable? Weird.
I fully admit I live in an area that is "sheltered" so to speak, and as a parent I will put in effort to keep my kids/teens sheltered and safe. It's my #1 job. If a cell phone will be helpful, we'll get one. I fully understand that parents in other situations and communities would want a cell.
I do believe in the goodness of other people, especially in my experiences in the community where we live. Also, I would have no hesitation helping any child, in any way.
Cell phones may be a helpful safety tool. I don't necessarily think they are the best or only means of providing safety for a child. As this community has a great diversity of people in various situations and with various experiences, to each family their own. I don't see this as a topic with a right or wrong answer to it.