We thought about going the flip-phone route, but it sounds like school is using apps more and more. We even (only half-jokingly) told him that we're going to get him a Jitterbug.Good luck. How are you going to monitor internet usage? My friend just got his 15 year old his first phone...a flip phone. I think that's brilliant.It is, but we have it set up so that he needs my approval before downloading any apps. We've given him a bunch of rules, including no social media, can't use it in his bedroom or bathroom, etc.
hopefully it's not a smart phone.
Most of his teachers are using some kind of app for class, so a smart phone made sense (rather than sharing with one of his classmates, which he had been doing). He's a good kid, and pretty responsible, so we took the plunge.
Internet monitoring is something that we know we won't always been able to control. For now, we trust him - I spy on his browsing history at home and the worst I've found is that he watches YouTubers who occasionally use bad language (all video-game related stuff). He's pretty good about following the ground rules we lay out for him.
I know that will probably change when puberty hits.