Exactly! At age 10 they might need a phone for emergencies, but nothing else, so if it's only for emergencies, I would say a trac fone wold be the best, and it will help see if the child is responsible. But honestly, at age 10 I was always outside, riding bikes, shooting hoops, at the park, causing trouble, just being a kid! Kids these day want to grow up way to fast. It's sad.
Sorry, you gotta get with the times, for your own sanity.. In the 1950s kids went bananas over spinning tops and hoola hoops. The 1960s brought the onslaught of pocket transistor radios. the 1970s disco music and high heels for guys. Yuk... 1980s the PC. 1990s Laptops and cel phones 2000s internet explosion handheld devices and mp3 players The one thing that ties it all together is it's all geared toward the early teen audience.