Seeing as though neither of us even have a cell phone we most likely won't be getting our children any phones. We survived our teen years without one, I'm sure my kids can too. Now if they want to save up for one and buy it themselves that would be ok. I might have some similar rules about using it safely and respectfully but I would put some trust in my kid. I wouldn't demand passwords unless they gave me a reason to. I'd rather get my kids an e-reader or tablet at that age honestly.
Quoting Kayla [:)]♥:" If it's really needed for work, they should provide one... My SO is in the military and they provide cell phones when they're on call, and only when they're on call."
Oh they did provide it - that didn't change how I felt about it. LOL I did sales, so I had unlimited minutes, etc & they told me I was free to use for personal use as well as long as that didn't interfere with me doing business. I had one when I started that job & cancelled my contract when it came up for renewal, no sense paying for one when I had use of one for free. Then when I stopped working there, I decided not to get one.