Good evening all, and fellow parents. I don't tend to post about my personal life on here, I don't see that I need to air my dirty laundry in a public forum. With that being said however I do need some advice on the above subject. My lovely partner has three kids, neither of them are mine but I've come to love them as such and they are generally (when all behaving) a good bunch of kids. The eldest of the three is 10 years old. She isn't your normal 10 year old though, sadly. We are waiting for her to be diagnosed, either autism, or aspergers. The process for those that know takes ages because they can't rubber stamp her condition with one thing or another and we may have to wait at least another year before she's asseed. Anyway the reason for my post is that it seems 10 is the age they all get smart phones, I personally don't agree a 10 year old needs one. We tried the Pay as you go sim card on a really cheap and nasty phone. For a time that seemed to work well as it was only ever intended for her to contact my partner, and her father. She annoyingly gave her number to all her friends and in the space of two days ate away at all her credit. I was all for her not having any kind of phone, but as said before she isn't normal and doesn't see things the way a normal, rational person would do. To add insult to injury all her school, well I shall say class mates all pretty much got iPhones, or some kind of tocuh screen device. As you can imagine the little girl comes home to us asking for iMessage & WhatsApp. Without even thinking I just give a flat no. I don't agree that kids should have phones, they don't need them and I see them as devices for responsible people to keep in contact, not toys. Long story short, and according to other Mum's age 10 is about right for letting kids have these things (and very much with my strong dissaproval as we'll end up, no ARE paying for it) my lovely Vicky orders a Sky Sim only deal. Unlimited calls and texts, and 2 gig of data £6.00 a month. The brick with numbers doesn't work (the old phone). It was locked to Tesco mobile. I was quite happy to give up one of my spare Android Phones, but no aparantly kid wanted a new one. So off we go, to Argos and cheap and cheerful Alba phone is acquired. She's on the flaming thing non stop. As soon as she wakes up she using it, as soon as she comes home from school she shuts herself away in her room and she's on it. In two days she's used more minutes than I have in the last two months! It's totally relentless. I know its new to her, but how do we limit the amount of time she spends on the thing? We do the whole phone off by 7 in the evening, and she's not allowed to keep it in her room at night. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.