There will be a lot of unexpected ‘firsts’ you will encounter as a parent. The first time they lose their favourite soft toy, first time they eat a whole crayon or the first time they swear at the TV. There will be moments you just won’t be prepared for but you can be prepared for the day when your child comes home from school and asks for their first phone. You could reply with, “Ask your other parent” or you could actually be ready for it.
One day your child will inevitably say, “Sarah McFederies’ mum gave her a phone because her mum loves her. Why don’t I have a phone? Don’t you love me?” To which you will think, “Why does Mrs McFederies make my life so difficult?” And then you will think, “What do I do? I didn’t have to deal with this as a child.”
It is true that you didn’t have to deal with the implications of technology when you were a child, but you absolutely have to engage with the implications of technology as an adult. Why? Simply because it will have so many implications for your child.