Giving a kid a cell phone can be a good idea for many reasons. If your child is hoe alone before of after school, a cell phone is a great way for them to check in with you. For a child who spends time at two homes – it can also be a way for both mom and dad to stay connected. Parents do need to place rules and restrictions on cell phone use for kids and watch for excessive use or texting. Many cell phone companies now make plans just for kids that allow only a few numbers to be dialed – like mom and dad or the police.